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This map was used in a Powerpoint presentation at an academic conference - to show the three Maya regions, and the archaeological sites discussed in the talk. The shaded relief was made with down-sampled SRTM data (in Natural Scene Designer and Photoshop). The bathymetric tints were made in Photoshop using clean-topo data from shadedrelief.com. The other data were compiled from various sources, including Natural Earth Vector data and a lot of books. Any comments and/or suggestions are appreciated!
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Hello Mapsy,

I think that the map works. The colors are nice, almost everything is legible, and it easily/quickly communicates your message.

The better question was how did it look on the powerpoint. Was it too dark or light. I don't know, you would have to answer that question.

I personally thiink that you could add some opacity to the geographic regions to make them a little more prominent, but it is not that big of a deal.

Good job and thanks for sharing,

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Oops I forgot to mention that you should probably add a title, and an inset locator map wouldn't hurt for those not familiar North/Central America. But if this was just a visual aid during a lecture it is fine. If it is going to print then you would need those things along with a legend.

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Nice map, but it seems pretty detailed and the type for the points seems pretty small for something that's going to be projected on a screen. I guess it depends a bit on how long the map was being shown and whether it's intended to be available later, whether the ppt slide itself, a digital copy of the map as seen here, or as a printed map.
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Nice map, but it seems pretty detailed and the type for the points seems pretty small for something that's going to be projected on a screen. I guess it depends a bit on how long the map was being shown and whether it's intended to be available later, whether the ppt slide itself, a digital copy of the map as seen here, or as a printed map.


Thanks Dave! I'll rework some things - maybe I'm suffering from printed map envy...
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Thanks Dave! I'll rework some things - maybe I'm suffering from printed map envy...


Yes -- Dave is right about this. I find that in order to make a map for screen projection that will actually work, I have to make things far larger, bolder, punchier, etc., than I'm used to. As a printed map, this looks pretty good! But for screen projection, you don't want anything understated or "tasteful" from the usual point of view. If you really need the relief, you'll have to rework it, perhaps from scratch. Make it really obvious where the mountain ranges are, even if it means downsampling the original data even more. Looking forward to the next version!

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Very nice work overall, good labeling. It works great on screen but as mentioned may not work as well projected overhead. Give it a try to see how the colors and detail stand up. My only design critique would be to emphasize Maya region labels and boundary symbols a little more. They are fairly subtle and blend in too much. If they are not full knock-out (full white) try that otherwise maybe beef up the line thickness and set that type to semi bold or bold.

As mentioned, title and perhaps a N arrow. If there is any chance some of the audience may not know exactly where this is at first glance, a small region locator might be a good idea:

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Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. Here's an updated version. Attached File  maya_region_ppt_smallfile.jpg   489.96KB   89 downloads
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Didn't spot this before:
Caribbean. 1 "r", 2 "b"s.
(2 "b"s, or not 2 "b"s... that is the question*)

* sorry about that! :rolleyes:
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Nice map!

The only thing, IMO, is that modern features are grey and ancient territories are shown in white. Maybe I'd change the labels of the cities in white too so we'd associate them with the white borders.

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Here's a near-final version of the map. Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions! -MattAttached File  maya_region_ppt.jpg   288.7KB   55 downloads
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