Posted 16 March 2010 - 12:16 PM
I'd like to make historical map for my diploma work. Can anyone оffer to me any suggestion for making of this kind of map. I want to use Adobe Illustrator and Avenza MAPublisher.
Posted 16 March 2010 - 06:00 PM
Most historic maps are made by simply tracing over an image of an old map, sometimes adjusting features to move them to their known positions on a modern map. For example, we may know the current correct position of a coastline or city from a 16th century map, but the exact route taken by an invading army between the coast and the city would have to be based on conjecture and topography.
Posted 16 March 2010 - 06:17 PM
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:35 AM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:54 AM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:41 AM
The ESRI Mapping Center has some information, blog posts, papers and presentations, styles, etc. related to both historical styles and historical subject mapping. Of course, those will be ESRI-centric, but a lot of it can be translated to Illustrator readily enough I think. If you can be more specific about what you're looking to do I might be able to point you to specific links there.
(you can see a thumbnail of one map I did as my avatar)
Posted 17 March 2010 - 09:32 AM
Thanks for the suggestions received up to now.
Posted 17 March 2010 - 09:52 AM
I was just reading the wikipedia pages about the Kingdom of Jerusalem (the medieval crusader state), just a suggestion. Or related to that: Saladin's conquest and empire, the crusades or why not my favorite: the realm of Prester John!
(I have a secret project to one day make a map of the adventures from Umberto Eco's book Baudolino)
Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:49 AM
I'd like to make a map covering a historic theme. The map will compare same territory in the past and now.
Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire? If you were looking for something close to home, that is. Rather you than me, though .
Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:48 PM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:14 PM
I don't want any suggestions for the themes of the map. I'd like some suggestions about the technology of making this kind of maps, using Adobe Illustrator and MAPublisher, and then export them to Flash.
The technology would be pretty much the same as when you're making a modern map, it's the styles that make the difference.
Do you have access to historical GIS data? (e.g. historical boundaries, place names and such)? If not, you'll need to find that somehow, for example by tracing it off an existing map. But once you have that in Illustrator, the process of styling isn't any different from a modern map.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:07 PM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:57 PM
When I'm taking on a project like this where there is a particular theme I'm looking for, I like to collect as many examples of similar themes as possible and analyze them for their individual styles, symbology and features. Emulate what works, make changes to what doesn't. With historical maps you may be looking for particular styles on actual paper maps and trying to find a way to create that in Illustrator, or you may find other graphic work that has re-created the historical look and feel.
One good source for a lot old maps to look over is the David Rumsey Historical MAp Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com/
Posted 18 March 2010 - 01:07 PM
Everything you could need has been included in that file...
Everything except a reason to ever do it. The finished products just make me cringe.
Using GIS for this purpose is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.
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