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Hello All,

I'm getting ready to submit this map to my client. Always like to run them through Cartotalk before I do, especially when I am dealing with a language I don't speak. Suffice it to say if you are viewing this map then you are reading an Egyptology Journal article about 4 archaeological burial sites. Other then that I hope it is self explanatory. Let me know if you see any errors or omissions.

This map was produced strictly in Illustrator.

Thanks for your feedback,

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The one thing that struck me as odd right away is the delta. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's more than just those 2 branches in there...

Other than that, I think it's a great map. Maybe the text placement can be tightened up a bit here and there, but that's just me being nitpicky.
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Looks good - Its a simplified map suited for its purpose, which maybe is why the Delta is simplified as well.
A few ideas: Place the Med Sea and others on a curved line, and background placenames are 20-30% black, but could be a bit darker and still be distinct enough from main sites, imho.
Last point - graticules?

Otherwise, great job!

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Excellent map, especially for the context. Only picky items were consistency in fonts (specifically the water) between the inset and the map. Really a very minor thing. Love the subdued grayscale for colors.
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Hello All,

Thanks for the comments. I did simplify the delta, and stuck with the minimum that the client requested. May revisit and add more tomorrow. Originally I had Alexandria in between the two and didn't want to mess with line breaks.

Graticules are there, I just have that layer turned off. Decided to go with just the inset instead. Not sure if my client refers to lat/lon with her site descriptions. If so they will definitely get turned back on.

DMoore I'm not sure what you mean with consistency of fonts. Is it the justification? Colors are practically the same, only thing is the inset is a little lighter overall because it was too dark when I used the same colors that I had on my basemap.

Thanks for your input.

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DMoore I'm not sure what you mean with consistency of fonts. Is it the justification? Colors are practically the same, only thing is the inset is a little lighter overall because it was too dark when I used the same colors that I had on my basemap.


KRU,

Sorry, missed a phrase there. It should have read "consistency of fonts between inset and the main map." I'm seeing the font for the water bodies with different labeling schemes on the inset and the main map (i.e. mixed case to all caps). Again this is a really finicky difference that I have had a client ask me to fix. I don't think it's a detracting issue and wouldn't think it's something most people would be concerned with.

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Thanks for clarifying. That is a size issue, currently the text is 5 pt and I can't really go smaller. All caps won't fit. I could always type on a path like mapmedia suggested, but I generally try to stay away from that except with linear features.

Thanks for the input,
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