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Hi all,

 

This is my latest map for my blog, Political Geography Now.  You can see it in context with description and explanation in my article, Nigeria Conflict Map: Assault on Boko Haram. I did everything myself, using Natural Earth data for all of the borders and relief, which I put together in QGIS. Almost everything else was added manually in Inkscape.

 

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I think this is one of my best designs yet. Any advice on how I could have made it even better?

 

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Looks very nice! I would have dropped the shaded relief (and hypsographic tints) though, and also toned down the rivers. I think the "State of emergency declared" area (which is nicely outlined) could be made more prominent.


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Thanks for the input!

 

Do you mean that you would have used a completely flat background? The rivers are part of the Natural Earth raster, though I did increase the contrast a bit because the original looked washed out to me.

 

I thought about making the "State of emergency declared" outline more opaque, but I was concerned about it potentially being confused with the Boko Haram control areas. Any ideas about how to work around that issue?


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I agree with Frax, very nicely done!

 

A flat background could work too. The shaded relief and hypsographic tints aren't really important to the subject of your map, and you could use additional river vectors (also from Natural Earth) to keep those in if you want.


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Thanks!

 

Regarding the relief and tint (I think it's actually land cover, not hypsographic?), my general impression is that my readers feel this gives it a higher quality or more finished look, at least in cases like this where the thematic information isn't too complex. But I could be wrong about that - I haven't actually polled people. I guess I kind of like the style myself. :D


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