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greetings,
i'm new to this but have some experience in graphic design.
i'm looking for feedback on the map elements in this layout.
it is the final project for my INTRO TO CARTOGRAPHY class.

i hope its reviewable now that it is so tiny.

many thanks
-angie

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Welcome to Cartotalk. Thanks for posting your map. It looks really polished and fine looking. The size is difficult to read so I may be missing something. I'm not sure what the colours on the map (various shades of green, it appears) means - different habitat zones - or was it just coloured shaded relief highlighting the entire area?

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Great Poster! For an Intro to Cartography class - I'd say you nailed an A+

There are many, many things to love about this poster, and it's obvious that you've put in a bit of time and thought into the layout and ancillary elements. I really like how you've layered the different informational elements while keeping a strong geographic visual focus to the map.

I only have a couple of nitpicky preferential comments: The shadow on the flying squirrel seems a bit off to me - it could be a combination of awkward shadow-angles, how the shadow seems t0 get cut-off by the text, and/or how Lake St Clair in the shadow pulls my eye - but I like the image. The white glow on the river names seem a little much, and the "RIDGE AND VALLEY" label doesn't quite fit to me. Your other labels are the specific names of features/places so I would expect "Appalachian Mountains" not the general type of landscape feature.

I would enjoy looking at a higher resolution image so I could read everything on this well designed piece!

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thanks for the critique. you're right, the final size is 24" X 36" so i think 500kb was pushing it a bit to far. and you're also right about the colored shaded relief. the habitat reference must be general so i chose to designate forests by latitude. so the green relief shifts from a yellow-green in the south to a blue-green as you go northward.

since the habitats are the focus and one could identify maybe 20 on a single mountain, its been very generalized.

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matthew,

thanks for the comments. yep, i'm struggling with those province labels. i'm trying not to repeat them but it might come to that. the problem is those features are so long!

and your observation about the headless flying squirrel shadow is duly noted. i will work on that. before i go messing with those halos on the rivers i'd be happy to mail a PDF to the address on your reply. so i'm off to that.

angie

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Apart from the comments above (or in spite of them!) this is a very nice map, for a neophyte or an archaeophyte. Hope to see more! :)
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I agree with the comments above, and also think that it is a well done poster. It has a great layout and feel.

However, I would prefer to see more geography of the Appalachian Mountains rather then the outlying areas of the Piedmont and Plateaus on your actual map. For example Nantahala, Allegheny, Poconos, Catskills, etc... You do label the Blue Ridge although the placement is a bit odd considering the range stretches from northern Georgia to Virginia.
If that is too detailed for your map then you could at least label Southern/Northern Appalachian since you differentiate them on your map with colors.

Hope that helps,
kru
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many, many thanks kru,

very good advice. i also thought the map could do
more work. i'm also glad you caught the mention
of southern and northern in the text. it does need
to be shown if its mentioned. which leads me to
another thought . . . should all places named in
the content be pointed out?

thanks for the help.
a

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should all places named in the content be pointed out?


IMHO, yes (if space permits of course). There's nothing more frustrating to read about say Portland and the map only showing Seattle and San Francisco. I have a strong desire to know where things are/happen. Maybe that's just me of course.

Oh, and great map by the way. I wish we had this kind of output when I was in college.
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should all places named in the content be pointed out?


IMHO, yes (if space permits of course). There's nothing more frustrating to read about say Portland and the map only showing Seattle and San Francisco. I have a strong desire to know where things are/happen.


I couldn't agree more, Hans: Nothing is more frustrating than having a map obviously related to a text but not showing places mentioned in the text!

(I have recently bought a beautiful book on medieval europe, the knights and their life. There's a nice-looking large map on roughly every fourth page. But the important places in the text are rarely shown, and most places labelled on the map are never mentioned in the text. It drives me nuts reading about Castle Such-and-such and then not knowing where it is and how it relates to its neighbours etc!!!)
Cheers,

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me too. especially with images. i want to
know where that photo is and what i'm
looking at.

so i should to apply the same criteria to maps,
of course.

thanks everyone.

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Very nice work. Especially for an intro class. Your graphic design background really shows. I like the magnifying glass elements, but I'd like to see a higher res version so I can really see what's going on here. At this res, this distance so to speak, it looks very clean and polished.

My only critique would be to echo some of the comments above on adding more geography and in particular labeling at least every place mentioned in the text.

Good work.

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me too. especially with images. i want to
know where that photo is and what i'm
looking at.

so i should to apply the same criteria to maps,
of course.

thanks everyone.


to that end, you should update your profile info to give us an idea of who and where you are ;)

GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.

 

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Very handsome work. My only comment is that there's a bit too much drop-shadowing going on for my taste. Transparent boxes might be a cleaner way to separate explanatory text blocks from background.
Dennis McClendon, Chicago CartoGraphics
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thanks to all who've given me advice.

i took some, i left some.
many of you felt the halos were overwhelming. i minimized the use of halos.
i've redone a few other things based on your comments. so here is the final
PDF. i wish i had some place to put up a bigger file. if anyone would like to
view it at a larger scale just email me and i'll try sending one.

again, many thanks for your encouragement and thoughtful critique.

angie
Attached File  FINAL_APPA.jpg   770.2KB   79 downloads




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