What's the catch phrase going around? Ridding the world of bad maps, one map at a time?
Well, I came across this map of the Fairmont, Phila neighborhood, and wow, what a great improvement!
Fairmont Neighborhood Planning Map
Well exactly what is bad about this map? I agree it is ugly. And it's not colored. But, for instance, if you were using it to quickly identify large parcels, it seems fairly clear and straightforward. I'm just trying to get a handle on what people use to judge a bad map vs. a good map vs. a useful map. I'm thinking one of the following comments may be that there isn't enough contrast in the map? Everything is towards the middle/dark end of the gray spectrum?
I printed out the map ... 11 x 8.5 as per the pdf.
1. I can't read half the street names
2. There is a pattern overlay (corridors) on some parts that masks out map detail
3. The lots are so tiny ... why bother mapping them...
4. Text over black dash lines...
5 Poor legend to map relation.
= bad map. and why there is a trade called 'cartographer'
Should I say more.