Cynthia Brewer

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Cynthia A. Brewer is an American professor of geography at the Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, and book writer. She is notable for her work on map design, color theory in cartography, topographic map design, multi-scale mapping, generalization, atlas mapping, choropleth classification for maps in series. As such, she has been influential as a theorist for map representations and GIS professionals. Her web, print, and colorblind-friendly set of colors known as ColorBrewer[1] have been reused by numerous projects. Her 2008 book (Brewer 2008) copy engineer elegant maps to enlighten best practices and encourage them (Kent 2013).


  • Brewer, Cynthia A. (2005), Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, Esri, p. 220, ISBN 978-1589480896 
  • Brewer, Cynthia A. (2008), Designed Maps: A Sourcebook for GIS Users, Esri, p. 184, ISBN 978-1589481602 



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