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Congratulations, Michael! That must be a very satisfying feeling. It really is a beautiful piece of work. :)
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Congratulations, Michael! That must be a very satisfying feeling. It really is a beautiful piece of work. :)


Hey thanks so much Dave!

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Hello again fellow mappers!

Well, I had gotten alot of mileage out of the River Street map section of Savannah....However, I always knew I had to render the rest of the Historic District to really make an impressive tourism product that would be worthy for substantial retail sales. And today I present to you the "big picture".....

Introducing the Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map
Attached File  Historic_Side.jpg   998.49KB   66 downloads

For some even closer ZoomIt enlargements visit our Mapformation page at:
http://www.mapformat.../savannahGA.htm

My goal is to print, distribute, and sell a 4x9" retail map guide that folds open to the 18x27" map front/back. One side this sexy history panoramic map, the other side (see next post) reserved for visitor functionality (restaurants, lodging, shopping, tours, museums and handy info). So, this is the prototype right now as I'm researching print companies and distributors. I'm of course still open to constructive criticism so do let me know of improvements. Readability of the factoid text was an early issue but I've pretty much worked through that by printing samples and adjusting fonts styles, sizing, and contrast glows. And from several Mapformation colleagues' suggestions.

Note: I deliberately - at the suggestion of one of our elite pictorial map illustrators (J-L) - did not fill in the entire district with buildings, or trees. Only the relevant and popular mattered. The map still needs to function for landmark navigation so seeing roads and labels was a must. Plus your eye needs a rest from the intensity of the visual. Needs breathing room, if you will.

Illustration done in Photoshop. Final design done in InDesign.

Hope you like it!!!

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And here is the reverse "business" side:
Attached File  Business_Side.jpg   977.91KB   47 downloads

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Beautiful work as always!

On the "business" side it looks like a map about squares and parks as those really stand out from the muted colors on everything else. Maybe mute the colors on the squares and parks, too?
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Beautiful work as always!

On the "business" side it looks like a map about squares and parks as those really stand out from the muted colors on everything else. Maybe mute the colors on the squares and parks, too?


Thanks Dave. Normally, yeah, I'd do that but I deliberately kept the squares and parks full color on the backside simply because they are the major landmarks in the historic district. Each square is a major attraction in itself. There's even Tours of the Squares people can take. Plus having them in full color allows for people to get a sense of where they are too on the map.

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This definitely your best Michael. an instant classic that will live on longer than all of us.
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Brilliant! Everything is just right! Nice work Michael. Very nice work.
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Thank you. Thank you, boys!

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It was suggested that on the Business side of the map I should incorporate some of the antique paper to tie it in better with the front. And that I get rid of the colored text for each business name. Here is that change:

Attached File  Business_Side.jpg   837.91KB   35 downloads

Please let me know your thoughts. Is this an improvement? I think it is. And I don't think readability is diminished.

Thanks

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Great news, map lovers!

Attached File  Savannah_Cover_Art.jpg   829.37KB   30 downloads

The Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map has finally been printed after three years in the making. It is a 4x9" brochure that opens into an 18x27" poster. 4-color (cmyk) both sides. 80# text matte finish. Printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster six-color press.

Wanted to pass on neat little printer "coincidence" story....the pressman on the job has a daughter who was named after the city he and his wife fell in love with....Savannah. He placed a Savannah map poster on his young daughter's wall that night. I told him where she can find some hidden ghosts and other cool little items for kids.

The map artwork, textual content, printing, and paper has already been getting great reviews and lots of LIKES on Facebook. Also it just when live on Amazon. Here is the Karpovage Creative page for viewing the map too. Definitely leave comments at any one of those links.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my peers on CartoTalk for giving me the professional constructive criticism on this long slog of a project over the last few years. Your feedback through this post topic has allowed me to improve my design and raise the bar higher.

Enjoy!

Best Regards,

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Congratulations! It's definitely a work to be proud of.
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Congratulations indeed, and thank you for sharing your map here, it's truly an amazing piece of work.
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Hey y'all,

Just a bit of a Good News update. I launched the Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map on August 1, 2012 and it's been positive ever since.

On the digital sales front we've garnered a number of 5-star reviews on Amazon where it is a strong seller already having broken the top ten ranking in travel books for the Savannah category. Trying to get set up on Barnes and Noble too. And then will be submitting a proposal to get placement in their franchise stores. Gotta go through their corporate small press dept. for that.

Facebook Likes are consistently rising every few days as more and more people find out about the map. I do a little Facebook ad targeting anything relevant on Savannah and that drives people to Amazon with a click. But more importantly I post the map image on other Facebook Savannah pages and engage in social conversation. This is essentially free advertising that has been paying off quite well with new customers and spreading the word.

Best news of all is I landed an official Savannah distributor after much negotiations. We are up to about eight different bricks and mortar stores selling the map brochure to tourists in the city. All in just a few short weeks since my distributor started making sales calls. And there's more retailers to come!

Also we'll be putting out a major press release to tourism and travel media all across the U.S. hoping they'll pick up the story and run it in newspapers and web media for even more exposure.

Right now it's all about getting more stores, marketing, advertising, and getting the word out with a tight budget. We've got a great product according to the people who bought it of have seen it, just still unknown to the masses. I've already had some stolen too out of stores. Guess that's a compliment, I suppose. A costly one for the vendor.

I'm also thinking about an App for sale too.

Anyway, that's the update. All is well in the Venice of the South!

See y'all later

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That's great, Michael! :)
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