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Greetings, fellow mappers!

This map is called a "Powell Bill Map". It is required to be submitted every year to the state in order to receive funding for maintenance of roads owned by the local municipality, in this case, the Town of Indian Trail.

The map is somewhat overkill for what is required, however it comes in quite handy as a reference for town staff - indeed it's primary use will be for planners, permit techs and engineers to use when road info is needed.

Follow the link! The pdf is appox 7mb (a little large, eh?)

Thanks for any and all critique!

Luke

http://indiantrail.o..._09_DRAFTv4.pdf

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Luke,

Lot's of detail that should make this map useful.
What is the origin of the cells? Is this a cartographic/GIS tools or a legacy organization system? I prefer cells that have a systematic relationship to all cells around them, not just east west. A 'Bingo' style grid serves this purpose well.

Since the map is used for purposes beyond road maintenance it might be good to add other geographic references such as parks, neighborhoods and civic structures. Golf courses and powerlines would also help as a reference.

Good luck

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Very nice clear style on the map. I agree on the grid system, I would prefer to see a standard grid with A-1 B-3 type designations (letters on the sides, numbers on the top & bottom). This will get the cell # type out of the grids themselves. If you don't do that at least remove the word "cell" and the underlining, it's distracting and the cell id should be a background element not an attention getter.

There are a lot of frames and bounding boxes on this map. Frames and boxes within boxes, boxes over boxes, no alignment. It clutters the maps otherwise clean appearance. You need to pare these down to only the few essential divisions necessary and get rid of all the extra frame elements.

In your legend you have two different line lengths for roads and you symbology is not aligned.

Good work on the matrix side, those can be hard to do (or at least very tedious).

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Great feedback, thanks!

I do agree that the extra frames definitely cluttered things up. Here is a new map with a few revisions.

In regards to the cells rather than a true map grid, I am attempting to only focus on the area of the town, and thought that a full traditional grid would pull the focus away to other areas of the surrounding county. However, a major revision of the map would give serious consideration towards the true map grid...(as in, I like that idea better, but I'm out of time!).

Also, I do publish more of a true reference map of the town - roads, rec areas, subdivision, fema info (even powell bill roads!).... this map is more to fulfill the Powell Bill requirements and staff reference.

Thanks again!

Luke

http://indiantrail.o..._09_DRAFTv5.pdf

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I like the new grid numbers. Much more discreet but visible. If it were me, I'd attache them to the corner of each cell and use a slightly more screened back color. But as is they work fine.

On the frames issue heres what I see: There is an outer grey frame, a black frame with a light fill, then the map frame. To the right of the map is the matrix frame which is aligned/attached to the middle frame at the top but extends below it at the bottom (kind of Escheresque , its on the same layer at the top but floats above it at the bottom.). Inside the Matrix frame each Listing and Cell column is separate instead of in one large matrix with multiple columns. There a couple of extra boxes in the lower left section of the matrix frame. Floating above the lower portion of the map is a frame with the city seal, disclaimer etc. Inside that frame is the legend frame, inside the legend frame is a box with the word "Legend" in it. The disclaimer box (lets call it) is not aligned with the bottom of the matrix which sits just to its right.

All of this adds up to a lot of noise. It's a phenomenon that Edward Tufte calls 1 + 1 = 3. Where two lines next to each other create a third line with the empty space between them || Your map has it in spades.

Here's what I would do: keep each element in it's closest frame (map to the neat-line, matrix as a single table. Remove the box around the disclaimer group and remove the box around "Legend", use a bolder type face to highlight the word "Legend" or omit it altogether. Arrange these three elements in a single exterior frame that sits just inside of your page dimensions. The map can be pulled to the top of the page leaving white space beneath the neat-line for the legend items. Align the top of the matrix with the top of the map, balance the two elements into the top corners of the main frame. Use the legend and matrix notes to fill and balance the space beneath the map and matrix. I know thats not super clear without an illustration but hopefully helps a little I can mock it up later if you like.

HTH.

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Thanks for all the critique (esp. David M.!). I've removed the previous links and put out a final draft which can be found here:

http://indiantrail.o..... 08-09(1).pdf

Happy Mapping!

Luke




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