Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:33 PM
It will be published in a print book I'm putting together and will become the example for a section on typographic mapping. It only has to serve as an example of this kind of map, it does not really have to do anything else. In fact, the bit that you see here would be the exact same bit that would be in the book, I'm not going to fill it out anymore (unless the advice from CartoTalkers is that I should).
Black, gray, and green text is in Cisalpin and the river and bay names are in Palatino Italics.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:06 PM
Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:56 PM
Have you looked at the NG Surname map? It shows a more analytical approach to typographic mapping that may work better as a GIS example with type representing qualitative and quantitative data in a single symbol and less need for hardcore manual label work.
I agree with Dennis that an appreciation for type itself is key to getting this right. A map as simple as one that contains only type for feature symbols is probably (paradoxically) one of the most difficult to execute properly. I am a firm believer in emulation for practice in map design but I've never had the guts to try typographic mapping, looks way too hard!
Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:12 AM
(the apparent "period" after "Boloton" is actullay the dot in the i of "Lindsay")
Posted 08 February 2012 - 10:04 AM
This is my first foray into typography mapping and it is definitely harder than it looks.
Yep, it's definitely a struggle to get it to look just right. I tried my hand it as well some months ago and ended up spending half a day, if not more, on just a small section.
I did cheat: the reddish "bebouwing" (building) is a big text area where I just copy/pasted the same few lines of text a lot of times. By making the sides of that area jagged I avoided repeating patterns. The roads are drawn on top as white lines, with black type on top of those.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:48 PM
There are some great examples of type maps from Hans, Axis Maps, Hugo Ahlenius, to name a few. I didn't want to write about them in my book without having actually attempted one. I originally thought it was all about jamming as much type in there as possible but then came the realization that it is more about pattern, and for pattern to work well you have to have a lot of one thing and only splashes of the other things (80/20, perhaps). I'm sure this one isn't wonderful either but it has helped immensely! Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
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