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A map, as an illustration for an article in a publication that we are launching in the next upcoming days, the fourth issue of Poverty & Environment Times. See more at the Environment Times website.

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Very nice, but the light color of the borders is hard to tell apart from the light color of the ocean around the Panama isthmus, creating the illusion of anohter Panama canal.

Also, the link to the high-res version doesn't work.
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the high-res links works for me:
http://dev.grida.no/...dean_cities.jpg

Do you think that the borders on the panama isthmus is a biggie? I don't :)

I am not super happy with the shaded relief (it was a big quick and dirty), but I think it works ok.

It doesn't add any real informational value, but since the region is quite mountaineous, I wanted to communicate some of that as well.
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I would make some Border line changes, around Bolivia and Panama for example your lines seem to be crossing over themselves in ackward ways because of the thickness. Also some of the coastal boundaries of Venezuela could benefit from some generalisation. The Maracaibo and Valencia Labels could be clearer and I think the accent on MedellĂ­n (iacute) should be added. The town you have labelled as Sucre in Bolivia is actually Santa Cruz, Sucre is further South & West.

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Overall a pleasant, clean looking graphic.

One comment: is there any reason the legend title has to be "Cities by number
of inhabitants"? Howabout "Population." or "Urban Population"?

Another comment: I find myself wondering if the darker shading of the countries
outside of the Andean area should be used on the Andean countries, and the
lighter shading on the non-Andean countries. There is a bit of a figure ground
fight going on with those darker countries jumping out (balanced by the detail
and color in the Andean area).



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Overall an excellent map.

I think the hill shading is important since it is a map about the Andean Community, and yes It hink it could use a little improvement.

Overall the color scheme is nice and well designed. I will echo the concerns about the border color though. Maybe if the water gradient was a bit darker overall that would allow you to keep the white borders, and solve the figure ground issus that Len mentioned as well.

I like the style of the city symbols with the subtle bevel and white outline. I might make the top level circle just bit bigger. as I had to really look to determine that Lima was the only one (is it?).

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Thanks for all the very good comments! Too bad it is in print already... :( I should have asked for inputs a few days before hand.

I might revise it for the future though.

Martin -- Embassing about the mis-labeled city... the qc ghost is hovering in my office.

and I give in to the border color issue -- with the overwhelming opinions from y'all.

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