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is there a recommended color scheme for city maps?

i am working on a map that shows rezidential areas, industrial areas, green spaces and water features.

Green spaces are categorized in:
1. public parks and gardens
2. square (less than 1ha) or green space inside institutions
3. natural areas

What i would need is a list of colors (RGB or, better, CMYK) to use for a map I print in press.
Perhaps you have some sample maps that look good and show such types of areas in the city.

Since I will overlay the city map with about 1-200 symbols (the focus of the map), the background areas should not be very sharp, but discrete.


Thanks a lot in advance.

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is there a recommended color scheme for city maps?


Not really :D

What you can do is collect a few examples, look at how they have done their colors, consider whether you like those colors or not (or, maybe even more important, whether your client likes them) and then create your own color scheme from that.

Check out the Map Gallery, there's been some examples of city maps there recently, but do keep in mind the cultural differences that exist in maps as well. The European style is rather different from the North American style.
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What you can do is collect a few examples, look at how they have done their colors, consider whether you like those colors or not (or, maybe even more important, whether your client likes them) and then create your own color scheme from that.


Here are a few fun color palette websites that might help create a color scheme: ColourLovers, kuler, ColorBlender

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There's ColorBrewer as well that could help you
http://www.personal....ewer_intro.html

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Hey Casey, thanks for the great links!

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i am working on a map that shows rezidential areas, industrial areas, green spaces and water features.

Green spaces are categorized in:
1. public parks and gardens
2. square (less than 1ha) or green space inside institutions
3. natural areas
Thanks a lot in advance.


Hi Cip—a few thoughts.
  • Water Features: I quite like a line of 100c 50m 0y 0k and then a fill of a tint of that (say 30c 15m 0y 0k) having said that 100c overprint for the outline with a 15 or 20% cyan fill will give better registration depending on your press.
  • Green spaces - I'd leave 1 & 2 the same and make 3 a darker deeper green.
  • Residential - Lighter
  • Industrial - Darker (posibly darker shade of the residential)
Not exactly cmyk or rgb values but thats a whole other job which you really need to see the map, content, client etc...how about this for a start http://www.colourlov...08/1/9/octwelve two greens, a yellow for residential, a red for industral (might need to be toned back a bit) and a blue - double the cmyk values for the line.

Also think of going with white for the property boundaries—lets you put your data over without distracting too much.
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One good approach would be to research the color choices developed by the American Planning Association (APA ) from their Land-Based Classification Standards (LBCS) color system. Then modify tints to suit your cartography.

Here is a link to some LBCS color standards.

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