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Here’s a recent contract job I did for Overland Journal. It has already gone to print; I’m posting for general impressions and feedback for similar future work. It’s not my design originally, I’m following the established style of the magazine. I did however make some changes including increasing the resolution of the relief image, using a slightly different sepia tone, refining line work to have a simpler less angular look and dropping nation boarders to the background by using an overlay transparency. Those and a few other small refinements I hope have resulted in a more elegant look than previous maps in this magazine. In future maps I intend to add more feature information where possible while sticking to the very sparse layout the magazine wants. These images accompany overland trip articles recounting their adventures in far off, remote parts of the world. This one is an account of the Karakoram Hwy from Pakistan into China.

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Looks clean and elegant -- nice map! My only comments would be that the green Karakoram Highway could be a little darker so it stands out better, ditto for the grey Tarbela Reservoir, and the red rectangle on the inset map covers a much larger area than it should.
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Looks clean and elegant -- nice map! My only comments would be that the green Karakoram Highway could be a little darker so it stands out better, ditto for the grey Tarbela Reservoir, and the red rectangle on the inset map covers a much larger area than it should.


Very nice. I agree that it's clean and elegant, and I agree with the suggestion about the highway color. I respectfully disagree about the red rectangle. It's only to give you a general idea of what part of the world you're looking at, and if it was smaller, it wouldn't give you more precise info but it would become a red dot instead of a rectangle.

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Thanks guys,

sitesatlas pretty much hit the bulls eye in terms of what I'm thinking about for the next series of maps. I want water to stand out more but maintain the sepia color scheme. I want the route to stand out but not look like water (which is why I changed it from the original blue to a teal). And I want the red rectangle to be a bit smaller, although I should say that it was intentionally left larger than scale so that it would be readable on the locator map. I think I may also need to beef up the roads to keep them from blending too much with the boarders.

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Yes, a very nice and neat map. Well done. But...I personally do not like the teal for the road. But I can't think of a better color and since that's what you want to highlight, it works for me!

I like how the map grades to white on the top and the bottom. Nice.

Now that I think of it, I think I agree with Boundary Maven in regards to the extent map. I would like it to be accurate but the box looks better than a red dot.

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David - Excellent map. I will just say that my points have been covered by other posters.
What was your workflow for producing the relief?

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David - Excellent map. I will just say that my points have been covered by other posters.
What was your workflow for producing the relief?


Thanks. The relief was created in Natural Scene Designer with SRTM data from CGIAR. The color palette and breaks are set in NSD and the TIFF exported into Photoshop for adjusting (lightening and blurring mostly). It's then placed as the background in Illustrator for map work.I haven't nailed down the work flow yet and need to find the right settings to create a decent resolution while keeping file size down for delivery to the mag.

Again, in the interest of full disclosure, it's my execution but it's not entirely my design in terms of style, I inherited it with the job so to speak.

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Nice map!

It would be interesting with a height profile too!

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David,

Very well done. Very professional and of high quality. I too like the white fades at the top and bottom. Nice subtle touch.

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Just a quick note on the sample map, I believe the original file I uploaded was set as CMYK and may have been showing an overly green line as my route instead of the teal I actually set. It has been replaced with a proper RGB version for web consumption.

These are the dangers of being a print cartographer in a web world I guess.

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I would suggest using a different world projection for your locator map. Or maybe just a small globe centered on your AOI. What you have now is rather innapropriate with the gigantic Greenland and tiny Africa. Something more conformal than a Mercator would be better. Also by choosing a color other than black for the background you can use black as a highlight color on both maps. As it stands now you have a huge black blob in the corner that draws more attention than your main map.

There are quite contested international boundaries in that part of the world and what you are showing may upset residents of both Pakistan and India. Best to show the line of control and label the boundaries properly.




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