Friday, January 30, 2015
I tried to use subtle colors for everything, and even subtler for the features at the bottom of the Visual Hierarchy. I felt that the rose color for Ward 7 and the sand color for DC were a good match. Green and blue for the parks and water were a natural fit. I differentiated the different school types by using color coded small to large schoolhouse symbols.
Managing the empty space was a challenge. The map is in such a odd shape with diamond shaped DC jutting onto the page. I was able to mitigate some of that with my legend and vicinity map. It still feels a little bit off, but I am not entirely sure how to fix it. I think that incorporating a faded Maryland state could fill in some of the space.
While this was all done on ArcGIS, it would be fun to tool around with the map in CorelDraw.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I feel that this map does a very good job with presenting information in a neat and clean format. The cartographer did well with their color choices; the transit routes, which seem to be the primary focus of this map, are marked using prominent colors. They convey the message while still being easy to look at. The topographic lines and aerial photography are subtler, yet still pop enough to do their job. I suppose that what I just mentioned could be classified under the 1st, 4th, and 5th Commandments.
Just looking at this map makes me cringe. For starters, the relative size of the map compared to the background is terrible. When I first looked at the map, it took a few moments to figure out what in the world I was actually looking at. A lot of that could be I don’t speak Dutch, but it doesn’t change the face that it hurts my eyes. It has a few 6 Commandment violations, namely: #4 Minimize Map Crap and #5 Map Layout matters. From doing a little research, it seems that this map was made as a political and social parody “cartoon”, similar to what you could find in the New York Times today.