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If you are covering a a large area, you could always fill in the gaps with a few insets of city level detail.

I agree with Greg.

Or you could do what old maps did and use a texture or dark color fill for those areas.
Examples from my website:
Tavernier's Description Du Pays Armorique A Pres Bretaigne
Erwin Raisz's Map of the Lower Nile
Texture can fill in white space quite nicely.

I think that's a great solution, those maps look great with the textures. Makes them look complete!



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Monsters on maps...Hummm!
That tradition should be revived
Fear of what's out there is still alive and well
I can see a nice map of Republican middle America as an island surrounded by terrorists and socialists of all sorts ...
or a map of Liberal Coastal America wiith the center filled with White supremacists in Idaho, Fiery preachers in Texas etc...
Could make a nice pictorial series.

BTW That,s a nice website there Phil
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I agree with Jean-Louis about your site Phil. While I am very familiar with Erwin Raisz's work I have not connected the name of Heather Childs to any cartography I am familiar with. I am especially intrigued to view some of her work.

I hunted around and while i did not find any maps of Heather Childs - I found a book she wrote about creating decorative maps. It should arrive in a few weeks.

I am thinking that Phil pulled her some of her symbols from her book. Thanks Phil!

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Thanks for the kind comments everyone. Yes, the symbols are from the book.

Heather Child's book is the main inspiration for the website. I've always loved maps, but a certain kind of map. And I've always loved art. It wasn't until I found a copy of Heather Child's book in the library that I began understanding why some maps inspired me and others left me flat. It was maps as art as well as geographic information. After reading her book I began to put my knowledge of art composition and design to maps.

It was also a completely different approach to map-making from my GIS and thematic mapping training.

From what I have been able to gather, Heather was much more an artist known for her calligraphy than for map-making. But she knew her subject well enough because she included a short section on map projections... my standard for whether

Her book is only 96 pages long, but filled with decorative maps of people I've never heard of in styles ranging from Jansson and the Dutch masters in the 1600's to abstract in the first part of the 20th century (book published in 1956). I only wish it had published in color!
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