The "Essential Geography" map of the United States is terrific. It is filled with all the information you'd expect, and a great deal more you'll find entertaining and enlightening, but so artfully executed that it looks clear and uncomplicated. Only professional cartographers will appreciate the enormous effort that went into this map; everyone else will like it for its combination of comprehensiveness and apparent simplicity. An elegant map is a difficult task, and a new and notable US map a real trick, but Imus' "Essential Geography" manages to achieve both. This one will remain a classic!
-Stuart Allan, Raven Maps
The Essential Geography of the United States is not only beautiful - it will help promote geographic literacy and imagination in school-age children and teachers alike.
-North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)
The blend of information in the new Essential Geography of the United States of America map is thoroughly captivating. Like a beautifully illustrated manuscript, the map engages both sides of the human brain. And it's large enough to peruse for hours, like the pelagic ocean.
-Barry Lopez, writer
Dave Imus' new United States map confirms what I've long believed to be true as an author, journalist and lover of topography: the difference between something good and something great is the attention to detail. I have seen Imus at work. He is both scientist and artist, raising the art of map making to an all-new level.
-Bob Welch, author and columnist for The (Eugene, Ore.) Register-Guard
Will print maps survive Google Maps and the iPad? If Dave Imus's new Essential Geography of the U.S. is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes!
Wall maps are large, physical artifacts that evoke our love of place. Indeed, they are the trophy mounts of the mapping world. They offer fond remembrance of the thrill of adventure, help dream up new trips, and effect a sirens call over friends and family with their proud display of geography. Custom cartography reminds us place is not the sum of a street network but a overlay of cultural story and physiographic pattern. As OpenStreetMap, NavTeq, TeleAtlas, and the like duke it out in the PND and 1:10,000 scale road-map-as-a-service space, this map shows our discipline at its best.
Now for the specs. This beautiful wall map is drawn at 1:4 million scale (36″ tall by 48″ wide, ~65 miles to the inch). That's twice the detail you get from Natural Earth's raw GIS data. I was sent a preliminary copy for review and several attentions to detail catch my eye:
> Major airports are located and labeled with their 3-character code (SFO, LAX, LGA, etc)
> Attractions are listed for most metropolitan cities (Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco).
> A compilation of small, mid, and large size cities nestle between named mountain ridges, settle the green forests, and line the coast. Some even have their elevation noted ("mile high" Denver at 5280 feet).
> National parks and other sites are outlined and named.
The map is fittingly dedicated to William Loy, long time geography professor and coauthor of the award winning Atlas of Oregon (University of Oregon Press, 2001) who passed over in 2003.
-Nathaniel Kelso, Kelso Cartography
The success of any map hinges on information: maps with too much detail appear cluttered, repelling readers. And those with sparse detail do not do justice to the cornucopia of features that make our nation such a fascinating place. The Essential Geography of the United States, a wall map by Imus Geographics, strikes the information balance perfectly. Seen from across a room, the first impression is one of pleasing forms and soothing colors - the map has a decorative quality that begs you to hang it up. But it is from close range that The Essential Geography really shines. The information that you expect to find is just there: roads, towns, forests, mountains, time zones, states, and much more. Look closely to find these geographic nuggets: historic Route 66 threading through the American heartland, the Deepwater Horizon wreckage in the Gulf of Mexico, and handy lists of city tourist attractions. Imus Geoographics has delivered all of this in a carefully researched, meticulously crafted, and clearly labeled map that is oh so easy on the eyes.
-Tom Patterson, Former President, North American Cartographic Information Society
Pin this map to your wall and start crossing the continent with your eyes! Here's the legendary path of Route 66, the entire Pacific Crest Trail, the Indian reservations of the desert, the Statue of Liberty -- iconic destinations you just don't find on other wall maps.Imus captures the geographic essence of the USA.
-William L. Sullivan, writer
The Imus map of the United States can be used by students, travelers and professional geographers. All will find relationships among regions and places within them.
-Dr. Susan Hardwick, author of "The Geography of North America"
A fascinating map; informative to the max, without seeming cluttered. I am delighted to see all 50 state highpoints named correctly, as well as proper attention paid to National Parks and Monuments.
-Dave Coville, Lead Director, Highpointers Foundation