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Here is a map i have done of California and Nevada highlighting a concentration camp in the valley.

Let me know what you think, especially about the elevation and topography. Any advice??

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I think you need to repost with the image. I don't see it, anyway.

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Here it is, sorry..

Here is a map i have done of California and Nevada highlighting a concentration camp in the valley.

Let me know what you think, especially about the elevation and topography. Any advice??

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Edited by frax, 14 February 2008 - 12:08 PM.
fixed the attachment/image - converted from cmyk jpeg to rgb


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Can't be viewed, contains errors :(
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Weider,

Just a few things i spotted:

1. Ocean - it looks like Pacific is quite small and triangular in shape. Removing the outline from the frame would help I believe
2. Colours are actually nicely composed, although you could improve the relief's appearance - it looks like there is something but it isn't clear enough what that is - my experience tells me that most of the readers may not realize that's relief.
3. Red used for the state names and the camp location is very strong. Perhaps making it paler would improve appearance of the labels (at least state names). You could also try to use a bit more subtle fonts

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Hey there! I can only view the thumbnail version. Is this the intended size?

As a quick graphic it is fine. I wouldn't fuss more with the relief if it is to be a thumbnail size graphic in a news piece.
Definitely keep the red for the camp text, but change the state names to black or 90% gray.

Are you using 3 fonts? I would tone it down to 2, or even 1 and use the bold and italic combo.

Nice map!!

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During WW2, Reno would have been substantially larger than Las Vegas. Also make sure all those reservoirs shown in the Owens Valley were there at the time. On the other hand, where's Lake Mead? I would suggest italics for the physical features "Sierra Nevada" and "Death Valley."

Now on to philosophy. This map seems to worship physical relief at the expense of everything else. We get elaborate detail of landforms in full color, but little other information. If your point is to show the isolation of Manzanar, showing highways, towns, railroads or population density dots are probably much more important than landforms. If it's to show the camp's inhospitable climate, it may be more relevant to show rainfall or arable land than hypsometry.
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Hi,

I fixed the map, it was a CMYK jpeg (what is the point with those?) that browsers don't support. I converted it to RGB.

What size is this to be printed in?
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I really like how you have the topic centered as your main focal point, but i think playing with the map's typographic elements could make it "pop" even more.

here's some random thoughts:

-Because there is so little text, you could try to use one sans font (or font family) for a cleaner look.
-For the era represented, you might want to try a more "rational" grotesque or neo-grotesque font (ex...franklin-
gothic or helvetica).
-Since the concentration camp is what you want the reader to notice, you might want to turn off the italics, because
(to me at least) it implies that it is secondary in importance.
-I agree with Mika's talk of the state's type color. Change it from the red to a more neutral color that blends in
more with the background colors (which are very nice).
- L e t t e r s p a c i n g the characters could be used for representing different classifications.
-I don't know what size your map is going be, but try making all the type smaller (especially the states). the space it
creates might let the reader navigate the map better.
-Try playing around with the concentration camp symbol to get it to contrast the background more.

You've got a good map going, nice work - !

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