Wow more good comments, thanks guys
I guess i need to clean up the map a bit more. I think i'm going to label what the icons mean (white vs black ones) because the "camping" icons meaning is getting lost. They are meant to label only legal-recreational-vehicle-camping spots and their amenities ("oh look hunny, this one has and inside shower and water, lets go there!"). This is why i have not included waipio or hapuna (they are not legal), and it is also why i have so few bathrooms labeled (because i am not trying to label all the bathrooms on the island, just the ones at the legal camp spots). Is this really that unclear? please lets me know...it dosn't seem so to me, but i know how it gets (im sure you so too) when your designing something, and it can make sense to the you, but to absolutely no one else.
Any advise? put labels on the legend?
As far omitting labels go (physical features, beaches, etc.), i know i'm walking on thin cartographic ice here (and i'm hoping i don't get slammed to hard), but i'm sort-of stuck between a rock and a hard place. Alright, maybe not quite that, but i am stuck between the cartographer-in-me saying "put as much information on the map as you can, to make the map more useful," and the designer-in-me saying "put only as much information as you need to communicate the message, thus making it more useful." With this project i decided to go with that second line of reasoning and: 1) make the reader want to look at the map (visually appealing), 2) only put the data needed to locate the amenities (this being the amenities themselves, roads and mile-markers), 3) make the amenities "pop," and 4) let the space created, by not having a ton of labels, guide the eye to what is important, the amenities. This map is not trying to be the all-supreme-topographical-road map of hawaiian recreation. It's just trying to show specific amenities available to VW westy tourists and how to get to them.
Micheal, about the gas station thing, I knew going into this that gas would be the hardest thing to get accurate, and as Rob has let me know I have missed at least one (which i have confirmed), but you would not believe how many gas stations in the hard-copy-2007-big-island-phone book (which the owner has in each westy), don't serve gas.
Its funny for me, when researching, to call a "gas station" and ask them "do you serve gas," and they say "no, we stopped that like a year ago." So it may be futile, and I might end up taking the gas off, but i sort-of felt responsible for letting the user know this, but your right, maybe a paragraph on the back cover explaining this might be better...Good Idea.
Matthew and kru, consider the water color changed. Thanks guys.
I appreciate you guys mentioning the westy icon, its probably the thing i'm most proud of with the map...and if anybody wants to use it, let me know and ill get it to you.
Thanks again for all the comments. They really have made me critically think about the map and my process, which is extremely helpful,
ps...Rob, i wish i could come there to make the map, but this is just a school project and i don't think the owner of the company has the funds to get me there (especially since i told him he was getting a free map)...but i wish he did