E Indonesian passages - 1st of a series
Posted 11 August 2008 - 11:14 PM
The emphasis is deliberately on the maritime features. In particular, the depth shading emphasizes the critical 30m, 60n, and 150m contours.
I made the base map in Manifold 8.0 using SRTM30 PLUS 1km DEM. For some of the maps at larger scale I may use SRTM3 90m data for the land, but it makes no sense here, I believe. The elevation colors were chosen to look sort of tropical. Compositing and labeling was done in Photoshop CS3. I may find it more comfortable to do it in Manifold in the future, I suppose, but right now it seems too cumbersome, laborious, and restrictive.
Suggestions regarding clarity, legibility, and aesthics are welcomed.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:05 AM
Some white labels dissapear on the land and since you improve the map in illy you could take care of the grid lines overlaping with them as well. Labels would look nicer if they followed the shape of the water bodies (straits). You could also try to differntiate them depending on the size of the feature described - it looks kind of strange to see Indian Ocean label using the same font size as Savu Sea label.
Magenta used for passages could be tuned down a bit. It's very intensive. Also labeling them is worth trying I believe.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 11:22 AM
Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:06 AM
I hope this makes sense
Other minor issues:
- Why is Sarawak not capitalized?
- Why is Brunei not italicized?
- Brunei could also be moved off of the boundary line a bit
- No major cities?
- As mika noted, scale the size of the annotation based upon the relative size/importance of the features shown
Posted 17 August 2008 - 12:24 AM
I've dropped hillshading, using just the elevation tints. The depth intervals in particular are chosen to support my story.
I've tried to make sure that the map will be readable even if reproduced on plain paper by an ordinary ink-jet printer -- many copies of the report will be distributed electronically and I have little control over how readers may choose to print it out.
The two shipping routes between the Indian and Pacific Oceans are the key features of the map and so are made to stand out. I don't label them separately because it is customary to call routes by name of the strait(s) employed, and they are labeled.
The geographic feature names are mostly to aid the reader in orientation. Country names (Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei) are set to distinguish them from the island names but without visually dominating the map. The names of straits need to be prominent. Cities don't seem relevant enough for my purposes to meit naming.
Thanks very much for the helpful comments and suggestions. More are welcome.
Posted 17 August 2008 - 11:58 AM
For me the islands/terrain are the highest in the visualization, not your routes. The colors to me are way too saturated, and the white is not helping out. The routes seem to almost disappear now.
Posted 17 August 2008 - 02:09 PM
Posted 19 August 2008 - 12:42 AM
By using a more stylized depth tinting I find I can reduce the scale without sacrifcing clarity, which permits me to show the western as well as eastern passages in one map. Actually, I feel this is really clearer than the larger-scale version. The areas of shoal and shallow water really stand out without any need to scrutinize the map carefully.
The color scheme is adapted from that used in the Times Atlas. I've toned down the land a little to de-emphsize it relative to the sea.
Posted 19 August 2008 - 09:07 AM
I really like the colors of your latest version however, why red and magenta for the routes? Why two different colors, do you need to distinguish between the two? The reason I ask is that it might work, with this latest color scheme, to just use black (or maybe a thick, dashed, black line). Also, the hillshading on land is a little distracting, maybe you can tone that down a bit?
Just my 2 cents worth. Good luck on your already great looking map.
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:57 AM
Overall this is a much more appealing and communicative map, great job.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 11:39 AM
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