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stephanie s.

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I need some examples or links to maps that are historical by nature, but have a modern feel. So rather than monochromatic, have color, show terrain, and structures. I'm designing a fictional agrarian map with a town by using real data. Please help, Thanks!

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I'm not entirely sure what you are after. These are some historic looking maps made with ArcGIS:

http://mappingcenter...=maps.caribbean
http://downloads2.es...CIS_Madison.pdf

The symbols are available as bmp and emfs so you don't necessarily have to use them in ArcGIS:
http://mappingcenter...sources.gateway Under Historical.

I believe some of the creators/authors of these cool maps are participants on this forum.

Cheers,
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Thanks for sharing those maps. Another thing I'm struggling with is that I'm covering a very small area, so I want the layout to be somewhat pictoral, but still use the GIS data, shaded relief, etc.

Here's an example of the viewpoint I'm going for:
http://bit.ly/aDp90D
But nowhere near this animated.

Let me know if you have any more thoughts, and thanks again!

I'm not entirely sure what you are after. These are some historic looking maps made with ArcGIS:

http://mappingcenter...=maps.caribbean
http://downloads2.es...CIS_Madison.pdf

The symbols are available as bmp and emfs so you don't necessarily have to use them in ArcGIS:
http://mappingcenter...sources.gateway Under Historical.

I believe some of the creators/authors of these cool maps are participants on this forum.

Cheers,
David



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Thanks for the reply, David. I am actually looking for ideas with a bit smaller scale. For an example, I'll show you this map: http://bit.ly/aDp90D

I don't want my map to be quite as illustrated, I want it to be less artsy and more cut and dry. I want it to look like real data, but that type of perspective as if you were looking over a town. With the real data I plan to show hills, streams and mountains that are already there while adding in landmarks. The area of land I will be mapping is a small town with a few farms around it.

Thanks again, let me know if you can think of anything else!

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I think you can find examples within the David Rumsey collection :

http://www.davidrumsey.com/view/luna

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You might look into doing this with sketchup. You should be able to import your terrain to provide a base, and then rotate it to provide you with any angle you want.

Or Natural Scene Designer is inexpensive but powerful.

Cheers,
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I am actually looking for ideas with a bit smaller scale. For an example, I'll show you this map: http://bit.ly/aDp90D


I think that this type of representation looks like "Bird's Eye" or panoramic maps.

The Mapperz blog has a category about this kind of maps : http://mapperz.blogs...label/Birds Eye

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saw this by chance, and looks fitting
http://vector.tutspl...th-illustrator/




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