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A few things
If you are trying to highlight rebel control, I would make the "never-controlled" category an open circle; the currently-colored-black circles are the heaviest thing on the page.

Secondly, I would keep all city dots the same size, then I would add a thin black-stroked larger circle (centered on the dot) to indicate population.

Lastly, all of your type is unnecessarily large; by decreasing the size you can obviously do away with much awkward label placement
See attached.

Attached File  Screen_Shot_2012_08_13_at_4.59.02_AM.png   69.89KB   22 downloads

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Daraa in the south appears to be a slightly darker red than the rest of the red cities.

It would be better to use that shade of red for the rest of the red cities. It stands out much better. The other red cities easily get lost in the red areas.
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Daraa in the south appears to be a slightly darker red than the rest of the red cities.


Thanks! I missed Daraa - the dark red was from the old symbology.
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A few things
If you are trying to highlight rebel control, I would make the "never-controlled" category an open circle; the currently-colored-black circles are the heaviest thing on the page.

Secondly, I would keep all city dots the same size, then I would add a thin black-stroked larger circle (centered on the dot) to indicate population.

Lastly, all of your type is unnecessarily large; by decreasing the size you can obviously do away with much awkward label placement
See attached.

Attached File  Screen_Shot_2012_08_13_at_4.59.02_AM.png   69.89KB   22 downloads


Thanks for the ideas, and very nice mock-up! I appreciate the effort. Your design is indeed very clean, though to my eyes a bit sterile (great for an academic paper, not ideal for my blog). The black-stroked circles for population are a good idea, but not as intuitive to me. I do like the general suggestion of reducing the text size. I'll experiment a little with that.
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Daraa in the south appears to be a slightly darker red than the rest of the red cities.

It would be better to use that shade of red for the rest of the red cities. It stands out much better. The other red cities easily get lost in the red areas.


Thanks! I'll try this too. Sometimes I'm surprised what things I never think of. :-)
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Alright, here's the most recent draft. I reduced the size of the largest two fonts (a subtle effect, but an improvement I think) and also changed the color of the red dots to a darker red (in between the original and the dark red from before - I felt the latter was a bit too dull).

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I think it continues to look better and better. Great job!
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I think it continues to look better and better. Great job!

Agreed.
(it's getting harder to find any "faults". :) )
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Thanks so much for the encouragement and all the help! The final published version of this map update is published on my site now: Syrian Uprising Map: August 2012 (#6)
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