If you already have an individual subscription, please log in using your Taylor & Francis Online ID to gain access. Acquiring cartographic skills is an important part of any geography student's training and eduction. Whilst there are a number of good cartographic software packages now available, graphic design (art, paint, and CAD) software packages have generally been more widely available for micro-computers offering a potentially useful alternative especially to teach computer cartography. The relatively low cost of this software, facilitating installation on educational networks, their relative ease of use for students with limited computer background and drawing skills, and widespread availability offers a number of distinct advantages. The opportunity to explore map design from an experimental perspective also makes them very attractive for educational purposes. This paper examines the educational potential of graphics design software packages for teaching cartography. Source.