Jump to content

 
Photo

Critique on data presentation

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1
Tassie_Carto

Tassie_Carto

    Newbie

  • Validated Member
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • Australia

Hi,

Have you ever seen a map and immediately felt sick? My workmate did the preliminaries on this map and requested me to continue as he is pressed for time. Unfortunately, as soon as I opened the map he was doing, I got sick - nauseous with a throbbing headache. I am not kidding you... I reckon it's the color combination used?

Any criticism/suggestions will be a great help.

Thanks very much in advance.

Cheers,
Julia

Attached Files



#2
mika

mika

    Master Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 120 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Warsaw
  • Poland

that's a killer map indeed ;-)
maps made easy - www.cartomatic.pl

#3
Dustin Edge

Dustin Edge

    Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPip
  • 31 posts
  • Australia

That sure would drain the black ink cartridge on your printer....

But, hey.....I'm sure we've all done a shocker map at some point in time....
:D
Kind Regards,

Dustin


Dustin Edge
Snr GIS Analyst
AECOM Australia

#4
Tassie_Carto

Tassie_Carto

    Newbie

  • Validated Member
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • Australia

That sure would drain the black ink cartridge on your printer....

But, hey.....I'm sure we've all done a shocker map at some point in time....
:D


that's exactly what I thought - considering ink doesn't come cheap :)

#5
Matthew Hampton

Matthew Hampton

    Hall of Fame

  • Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,290 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Portland, Oregon
  • Interests:Playing in the mountains and rivers.
  • United States

Great. Thanks a lot Julia!

How am I going to get the vomit out from between the keys on my laptop now? :o

Oregon Metro - Portland, OR
www.oregonmetro.gov


#6
s hubbard

s hubbard

    Key Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 84 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:asheville, nc
  • Interests:Altitude..Archery..Alaska..Appalachia..Apothecary..Asiana
  • United States

hope your workmate doesn't read CT ^_^
that is is truly a map in need now >>

nobody's suggested anything yet,
i would find out how many of those layers could be dropped, grouped together, renamed, or restructured. that would ease some pain. maybe
s hubbard
www.hubbardmapworks.com
2539'

#7
mika

mika

    Master Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 120 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Warsaw
  • Poland

Well, getting rid of that black background is the first thing you could do.
The second, already suggested is to group some of the objects in logical classes and then try to play with symbology for each group - remember you have not only fills at a hand - you can also use outlines, patterns, icons, and so on.
The third step (or maybe it should be the first...) - look at a map similar in content to yours (a city plan would do) and see what you like about it. Then try to look at yours from a different angle.
maps made easy - www.cartomatic.pl

#8
frax

frax

    Hall of Fame

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,299 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Stockholm, Sweden
  • Interests:music, hiking, friends, nature, photography, traveling. and maps!
  • Sweden

The absolute first step in trying to clean this up is to step back from the map and think about - what do we/I want to communicate with this map - what are the messages.
Hugo Ahlenius
Nordpil - custom maps and GIS
http://nordpil.com/
Twitter

#9
Tassie_Carto

Tassie_Carto

    Newbie

  • Validated Member
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • Australia

Thanks everyone for all your help... Luckily, I didnt have to do anything about this at the moment... I got so sick I had to go on holiday and this project has been postponed...

Will incorporate all the suggestions when we restart the whole process

Cheers :)

#10
David Medeiros

David Medeiros

    Hall of Fame

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,061 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Redwood City CA
  • Interests:Cartography, wood working, wooden boats, fishing, camping, overland travel, exploring.
  • United States

Yipes, map-nausea... I don't like to be overly critical, but that map is a great candidate for cartastrophe.com.

My only suggestion is to determine the underlying project goal and start from scratch. You'll spend as much time fixing that as you will creating your own.

GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.

 

www.mapbliss.com

 


#11
Kartograph

Kartograph

    Legendary Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 319 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Berlin, Deutschland
  • Germany

This might be a case for Cartastrophe!
http://cartastrophe....alley-of-color/

Seriously, I´d think it first would be very important to understand what the different classes of "highway" allude to. I´m seeing "pedestrain highways" which confuse me a great deal. Are these like skywalks? They surely aren´t no highways in the obvious meaning, no?

The pinkish highways really stand out, mabye this is not so bad if we knew what the message of the map is supposed to be.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

-->