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Often a lot of work goes into a map, but the legends end up a really boring box with the symbols laid out in a boring table. Sometimes it has to be this way, but not always! 

 

Anyone have some interesting legends that they have designed, or 'outside-of-the-box' legends that they like? 



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For maps that include detailed background imagery, or elevation data combined with overlay's, it can be really nice to use an actual screen shot from the map to show the legend swatches.

 

 

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I like the legend for the Cincinnati Bike Map by Nate Wessel.  It's super dense with information (because there's a lot going on in the map), but also really clear.

 

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Kinda tooting my own horn here, but here's a legend I did (11 years ago) for the Oolaalaa globes. The client really wanted to continue the spherical theme in the legend so this is what I came up with:

 

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As David pointed out I used small clips of the terrains from the Natural Earth basemap (which I tweaked in Photoshop to make it stand out more)


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Great examples, thanks! The clips of the terrain with their textures are nice. The circular legend is really cool and works great with the globe. I am drawn to that Cincinnati bike map legend because of the way it is compacted into a miniature map so to speak, rather than laying it all out in a table. 

 

I am thinking about doing something similar to that, where the legend is a simplified version of the maps in a river guidebook. I guess the challenge is still making it where people can read it easily and quickly. 

 

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A couple of years back I made a map of US land cover using Penrose tiles. Just for fun; it's not really a cartographically-sound practice. Fortunately, the # of land cover classes I had happened to work out perfectly to create a legend using the tile shapes.

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A couple of years back I made a map of US land cover using Penrose tiles. Just for fun; it's not really a cartographically-sound practice. Fortunately, the # of land cover classes I had happened to work out perfectly to create a legend using the tile shapes.

 

Love this map!


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Great topic Hans - thanks for starting it off. I haven't posted on here in a while - good to be back.

 

I see a legend as a 'portal' to a map - a tool to provide the context necessary for interpreting the map. Here's a screenshot of a legend created for one of my back country recreation maps (back in 2011 or so). I wrestled with making it more compact (less map art), but ran out of steam as the deadline to print approached. You know the deal.

 

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