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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.
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I printed out the map ... 11 x 8.5 as per the pdf.

1. I can't read a lot of 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 not group 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.


OK it is not that bad of a map.

However not what I would call a good one.
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As Geomatics so stated - those are the obvious boo-boos - those aesthetic elements that we (cartographers) immediately identify as 'God, no!'. In addition, the street labels are inaccurate (is it College Street or Ave or Blvd?). Did I mention there is a whole series of these maps for various Philly 'hoods?

Just goes to point that it can be fairly easy to find maps out there that fall into the 'bad' or 'lesser' categories. Walnut's basemap provides a useful subject to build this discussion around.

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I have updated the map per your suggestions.

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would you be so kind as to post a larger scale copy. i'd like to check out some of the detail. thanks.

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You can download the map as a PDF here for seven days.

http://download.yous...19F039F5242BD40

would you be so kind as to post a larger scale copy. i'd like to check out some of the detail. thanks.



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thanks, nice design.

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Very nice. Don't change a thing.

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Looks good, the colors seem a bit like Google maps (which is not a negative comment)
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You can download the map as a PDF here for seven days.

http://download.yous...19F039F5242BD40


would you be so kind as to post a larger scale copy. i'd like to check out some of the detail. thanks.



Hi,

Is it possible to post the map again? I just join the Forum and the link is non-functionning. Thanks.
P.S. I am a cartographer/designer by trade and work in the transit industry.

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http://z13.zupload.c...filepath=55258

Hi,

Is it possible to post the map again? I just join the Forum and the link is non-functionning. Thanks.
P.S. I am a cartographer/designer by trade and work in the transit industry.

leinad



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Nice colors, visual balance and hierarchy. I like a lot how the hillshade adds a 3D effect to the map. I also like the use of the colors in the museum building. Nice job with the street labeling. Overall, nice job!!!!
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