A non-profit client has requested a map of the entire Spokane River for posting on their website. Other than size ratio, the client had no input on the map's content, except to include the state boundaries and cities. This map is a first draft.
1. Should I thin some of the populated places and mountain peaks, and make the labels of those that remain larger? In other words, is the map too detailed and the labels too small for a web-posted figure?
2. I'm strugging with label placement (and color), particularly for the Columbia River and Ferry County in the upper left corner. Ideas?
3. I use varyious shades of grey labels. Is it hard on the eye? Solutions? (I decided against placing the anno under the feather effect--the gradient of shading in the text really bothered me.)
4. Any other tips or advice is appreciated.