I put up some maps for review previously and I hope you all will apply the same candor and constructive criticism to the one I have posted today.
Some background on the project:
All data used is from U.S. Census Bureau TIGER lines.
I started out in ArcView 3.2 and when I had the layers and extent I need exported the project to Illustrator format.
The results as viewed in AI CS2 were a jumbled mess.
This was discussed:here
It was finally decided exporting the data from ArcGis 9 would produce satisfactory results. This was based on samples sent to me by Martin of Alpine Mapping
I contacted the WVU GIS Tech Center here in Morgantown and they agreed to export the shape files to AI for me.
And so the fun began...!
Prior to this I had only used AI one other time - for a simple golf course project.
After much work smoothing lines and adjusting overlapping lines the map began to look a bit more refined.
It took me a while to get the hang of the type on a path, but I think I am there.
I never had the option of using effects like inner/out glow and drop shadow in ArcView so I fiddled with them till I got something I think is acceptable. I tried not to get carried away and use some restraint - hopefully I was successful. Please let me know !
Over in the Software Applications forum I posted a message about work flow between AI and Pshop.
If anyone has and ideas or advise about this I would appreciate it.
I am excited about all the possibilities available now that I don't have to rely on clunky old ArcView any longer.
So, what it the map to be used for?
It will cover most of one side of an 18x24 glossy brochure being produced by the Dunkard Creek Watershed Association.
The brochure is an effort to educate and inform people living in the watershed as to what a watershed is, and how to keep it clean.
It was hoped having the map included in the brochure would give the inhabitants a feeling they were all in the same neighborhood, and they would be able to pinpoint where they live and see the local roads and creeks they are so well acquainted with.
Some specific questions:
Does this map need a legend?
How best to label roads? Although all secondary roads here have numbered route designations they are usually referred to by their local names. Such as Hornbeck Road instead of 76/119. Secondary Roads here have a dual numbering system which makes them problematic when trying to us the route numbers inside of a round marker.
The AI project file and a PDF are here.
OK! That's it. Let me know what you think.
Please keep in mind this is still a work in progress and not all the labeling has been finished, etc.