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Check out this text based map. ^_^
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That's great. I have been leaning towards a text-based agricultural map of California for a project we are working on, but was worried about it being too dense. It's nice to see dense text maps can work.
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Philip, what do you mean by that it works? As a decorative art piece, or for communicating the spatial relationships in the city?
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I was thinking out loud and wasn't clear. I think this city map works as an art piece. I like how the variation in font weight creates patterns. It reminds me those art pieces we would do in typing class. So this is an abstract picture of London. But no, this map doesn't work for spatial relationships because the fonts are too similar to differentiate different features and for navigation doesn't show intersections critical for a road network.

I was also thinking of my application for spatial relationships of agricultural use. The agricultural map I am thinking of classified agriculture in France by different font types, sizes, and colors. But the information wasn't packed as dense as this map. This showed me I can probably pack information in more densely than I assumed to show patterns.

I think this map brings up a good point: When is symbolism with labels necessary? For what features? And when not, for what features? Obviously for roads the road network is necessary for navigation. But for agriculture with rotating crops and field boundaries changing, such as in California, inclusion of field polygons with only one of the two or three yearly planted crops doesn't really capture the relationships that tend to more or less follow geologic patterns and change with season.

Please, others wiser should weigh in.
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Are you sure it's really an independent text-based map? It looks to me like the text layers for a line-based map pulled out and made monochrome.

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Are you sure it's really an independent text-based map? It looks to me like the text layers for a line-based map pulled out and made monochrome.


Looks like the text layer of the London A-Z to me...
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Not for art, but maybe for communication... I think one could get some interesting things when a tag map meets a cartogram... Just thinking out loud.
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Are you sure it's really an independent text-based map? It looks to me like the text layers for a line-based map pulled out and made monochrome.


Looks like the text layer of the London A-Z to me...

That's exactly what it is :P Check out this comparison:

Attached File  a_z_text_anim.gif   1020.61KB   62 downloads

I wonder what the A-Z company thinks of them selling posters?

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Looks like the text layer of the London A-Z to me...


Looks likes that one's solved.....anyone know the purpose of the map.....I thought i was just some sort-of art piece too.

Although seeing it kind of gets the creative juices thumping in my head. :D
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Looks like the text layer of the London A-Z to me...

Looks likes that ones solved.....anyone know the purpose of the map.....I thought i was just some sort-of art piece too.

Although seeing it kind of gets the creative juices thumping in my head. :D


I agree. It's primarily an art piece, but as a map, I think it certainly has potential. Oh, if I just had the time to play with ideas like this...
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I intend to show some examples of abstract maps like this at NACIS in Missoula this fall.
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I intend to show some examples of abstract maps like this at NACIS in Missoula this fall.


Hey if you find enough unique maps, you could always put out a "abstract map" book...I buy a copy for each room in my house, and you could retire rich and famous to some south pacific island... :lol:
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