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As I wrote in my introduction, apart from my main job as a GIS Specialist, I try to help and work with some friends of mine for a small firm named "Adventura"(from adventure). The firm is specialized in mtbike trail research, organizing mtbike sport events and bike tourism. My job, in this small firm, is to manage the gps data and to create custom maps or tourist information signs for different projects.

So, our first project is done and I want to show you the map/the tourist information sign we did for the "Shumensko plateau" Nature park - situated near Shumen, Bulgaria. The map represents four bike routes of different difficulty which are situated on the territory of the nature park. You can read the full description of the routes in the bottom of the sign. The map is in Bulgarian (Cyrillic) and in English (Latin) :)

It is made with ArcGIS 9.3 and AI. This actually is my first (I hope professional) map. Any constructive criticism is welcomed, so feel free to comment my work.

I love cartography, but till now I didn't had the chance to work on a real project. I hope that this is just the beginning of a new part of my career as a GIS specialist and a cartographer.

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http://www.mediafire.com/?xzjjntn50nt - The .pdf file is 1.4 mb, so I can't upload it here. Download it from mediafire.

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FYI - Sv_BG, I'd really like to see your map and comment, but every time I try to download the file, it gives me an error. Can you reduce the resolution and upload to a post?
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Hi, I'm sorry that the link doesn't work properly...

So, here is the main tourist information sign with all of the routes. Notice that we've maid another four additional information signs which will be put at the start/final of every single route. They are similar to the main sign, but logically, the information there is focused on a particular route. Every of the additional signs has also an elevation profile and so on.

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Okay. Here are my two cents worth. Remember, this is just my opinion.

First, I can't comment on the text as I don't know the language. I can say that in general, I like the look of the map, particularly the icons and your legend.

Specifics I would considering changing:
1) north arrow - does it have to be so big? Can you make it smaller, and put it down near the scale bar? It just attracts a lot of attention, just to say that the top of the map is north. You know what I mean?

2) contour lines - it may be the resolution of the map, but it appears that the contours are not as defined or strong on the green part of the hillshade vs the gray hillshade. Is that layer below the green layer? I would make sure it's on top of all surfaces so that the contour lines are better defined.

3) contour line elevation labels - I would consider using a color for the labels that is the same or darker than your contour lines

4) Though I like the icon symbols for the different forest types, it doesn't translate well onto the map. Meaning, the icons appear to be scattered about the map haphazardly. I know they aren't, but that's what it looks like. I wonder if showing clumps of trees would be better?

5) direction symbol on the bike routes - consider rotating the symbols so that they point in the true direction of travel (instead of just a general direction of up, down, left or right).

I think you have a great start here. Good luck with this and the rest of the panels!
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I'm afraid the map is done and I can't change anything, but I really needed a second opinion. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate that! :)

p.s. The routes are described in English at bottom of the sign/map.

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i didn't see a legend symbol that identifies the surface roads (ones in white?), and maybe their names to help with orientation, or access to the park.
i also agree with too many tree symbols scattered around. try the clumps of trees thing, or just take them out altogether - bikers won't be too concerned about anything other than the trails and stops.
like the colors too

Edited by s hubbard, 16 December 2009 - 12:36 AM.

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I'm afraid the map is done and I can't change anything, but I really needed a second opinion...

It's too late now, but for the future a lot of cyclists use little GPS receivers nowadays. For the next map it might be a good idea to include a couple of reference points (or a note on the map extents) so that the map can be calibrated in GPS software.

I do like the map, by the way.

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