I recently graduated with my masters in geography (undergraduate is in geography as well) and have found steady work as a gis contractor. I'm also doing part time consulting which I hope will develop into more of a full time business.
The attached map is developed to appeal to forestry consultants which are in need of gis work in the area. The map is supposed to show all the different variables/layers of information I can display in order to help the forestry consultants make better decisions.
My Problem (aside from my lack of cartographic design experience ) is the map looks boring and dull. What is the best way for me to take the design of this map to the next level? I want something clean, professional and looks like I made it in 2011 not 1995.
Whats my first step to enhancing my design skills vs. someone who just creates maps from arcmap?
Thanks and I look forward to everyone's responses.