Devils Rest, Oregon
Posted 26 July 2009 - 03:52 AM
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:31 AM
A few trail questions - Is there parking at trail heads? - Is the trail on public land? Add name and maybe boundary.
I presume you will throw in a simple legend for trail markers/icons.
What are the cross-hatches in bottom-right? They really don't bear on the trail area, so I would just remove the effect.
Clean design. Thanks for sharing!
Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:52 AM
I'm not sure that a legend is necessary, the hiker symbols are trail heads, the blue dots are waterfalls, yellow squares are your distance measuring points, and triangles are peaks. Only thing that I am confused with are the dashed red lines, maybe you should label them to clear it up. Are the contours in meters or feet? I don't think every isohypse line needs to be label.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:34 AM
But, yeah, strong inversion effect going on here.
The diagonal hatching near the bottom is a bit distracting and splotchy.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:42 AM
Nobody has mentioned the font yet. What is it -- some sort of Clarendon? Typewriter-like fonts such as this (and Stymie and Cairo, which seems to have all but disappeared now) were popular on maps in the 50s and early 60s, and they were a good contrast to things like Times and News Gothic. I'm not so sure about using this as the main font on the map though -- especially nowadays, when (to many) it may be mistaken for Courier! Maybe you could play with the fonts.....have a style for the physical features, another for trail annotations, etc. FWIW, traditionally Clarendon was used for political names (counties, towns, etc.).
I made an 18x24 poster as a favor to a friend, so I had a bit of freedom to play with this one. Its for a hike that he is leading on the Columbia River. Let me know what you think!
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:44 AM
I guess I fell victim to the Curse of Knowledge when it comes to the relief inversion. I had to try really hard to see it the wrong way. D'oh! I went with a NE lightsource because the main feature of the landscape is a NW facing bowl, and my initial "standard" hillshades completely obliterated that feature. But then I added some slope shading as well, which muddled the whole thing anyway. I'll go back and work it again!
The poster will be used as advertising for a one-time guided tour. The dashed lines are trail spurs that will not be taken during this particular event. And the hatching: an experiment in grunge-styled play on the more traditional "cloud masking no-data areas". The experiment needs work.
edit: Charles, almost missed your comment while replying. The font is American Typewriter. Thanks for the suggestions.
Posted 27 July 2009 - 01:29 PM
I like the torn paper effect on the bottom edge, however having the both the water-ripple and the paper-hatching occurring at the same angles is a distraction to me. Maybe add Benson State Park label, Multnomah Creek label, and Wiesendanger Falls.
Here's lots of info from a local trails group.
Oregon Metro - Portland, OR
Posted 15 October 2009 - 12:22 AM
Here's the final layout from the Devil's Rest project. It's more of an event poster than a trail map.
I ended up redoing the shaded relief from a standard NW light source with a touch of slope-shading. The relief still makes me go cross-eyed if I start staring at it too long. If I think "this is a top down perspective" (which it is) it looks fine to me, but if I think "this is an oblique aerial perspective," all sorts of wackyness ensues in my head. My only defense is that it closely resembles the shading on Google Maps' terrain of the same area, which also is subject to the same inversion effect. "If its good enough for Google..." is a pretty lame defense though! If I were to spend more time on it, I would have added some hypsometric tinting.
a detail of the map and a full size (24x36) PDF can be found on my website: http://www.cartogaia.com/
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