This is some pretty decent feedback guys! Heres a little more background:
The maps are a supplement to a report outlining the new policies which are soon to be invoked to protect the island's wildlife and eco-systems. These wildlife maps are intended to give the audience a visual appreciation of the marine wildlife currently breeding of the islands. As far as i know, the maps will be in a separate appendix.
There are a total of 5 islands to be mapped, I didn't include them all because I don't think you'll want to see them all as they're all quite similar. I also had to lower the resolution so I can upload it, hence the poor quality of the coastline.
Its intended for print for the report, but i'm sure they will require a pdf version of it for online distribution. I used ArcGIS for this. Icons are drawn using the adobe package and converted to emf.North arrow design
: its true that I didn't put much effort in selecting the style, I guess I will try to find a more appropriate one. The question is however; would you guys see it as a high priority if I were to proritise my goals?Concentric Circles:
is purely cosmetic. I tried putting non-gradient fills for the backgrounds, however it just doesn't have the impact i wanted which is what we need when we're trying to invoke stakeholders with these maps. However thanks to borga, the vignetting technique might give it the extra dimension I need without making it look overly "flashy".
Also, (this may depend on the other maps you mentioned) why not combine all three of these maps into one?
Ideally that would be how I would want it in the end, however it won't work for the other islands as you'll get species which overlap each other. I figured that this approach would be best to make reading these maps simple and straightforward.
Also the legend page is inclusive for all of the 5 maps, hence why some are not on campbell island.razornole:
solid points, cheers. I will make all the greys the same shade to be consistent. As well as the final touch ups once it gets finalised.
Also, if you plan to have more inset habitat breeding maps for other birdies, maybe remove the inset frame and ocean, and kind of stack them vertically with the title to the left of the maps - since there is room on the larger map.
Thanks for that, I knew the inset maps can be better designed but I just didn't know how to improve it! Will try that out when I get the chance. If I mute the colour of the oceans, it should stand out enough.
Anyway, keep them coming, I'll make the adjustments when I get to work next week.