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Hello, I'm a new user of the site. I'm a graphic designer by day and to fill my portfolio with a more varied selection of work, I'm working on this map of the Valleys in south Wales.

When I looked at an OS map of Wales, I noticed that the southern roads seemed to be making a heart around the area - with the point at Cardiff and the crease at Merthyr Tydfil. This being so, I stylised a rounded heart. There aren't any roads on there as yet and I would like to see if a river and a high peak could be incorporated.

Let me know what you think, bearing in mind it is a work in progress!

Thank you

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Cute - also reminds me of an apple. It would be good to know what you are trying to communicate (the message of the map) and to whom. Will this be a tourist map?
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Cute - also reminds me of an apple. It would be good to know what you are trying to communicate (the message of the map) and to whom. Will this be a tourist map?


Thank you

Its meant just as a personal project for my portfolio. I'm doing a little bit of research into the towns on there too, to see what they're famous for/famous people/activities local to the area. I saw the apple too when I'd put in what is the A470 between Cardiff and Merthyr.

My inspiration is a very stylised map of Manchester that I recall from memory around 15 years ago where the producer made the map totally circular with concentric circles inside for roads/canals etc - it blew me away.

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It's a neat idea and looks pretty good so far. It could use some more detail, maybe a bit of generalized topography?

At least your map is more tasteful than this one, which had a similar idea with different results: https://twitter.com/...3294208/photo/1

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It's a neat idea and looks pretty good so far. It could use some more detail, maybe a bit of generalized topography?

At least your map is more tasteful than this one, which had a similar idea with different results: https://twitter.com/...3294208/photo/1


Oh dear! Unfortunate shape.

Generalised topography? Would this be the addition of contour lines/shapes etc?

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By generalized topography I was really thinking of some very light hillshading. But that's a personal decision on something like this.




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