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rotating point markers as well as names?

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Dennis McClendon

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I don't do a lot of small scale mapping, so I never thought very much about this before.  I'm making a wall-size map of industrial locations across the country.  I'm using a pretty standard Albers projection, so I've rotated the labels in varying amounts to roughly match the meridians (well, perhaps I should say the state boundaries, as this map probably won't have a graticule).  The question is whether I rotate the site markers (the purple ovals) to match.  I'm thinking that since I even rotated the highway shields, I should.  But there'll be a listing of the sites around the margins of the map that will be straight to the page.  Advice?


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I would align my site markers to the text on the side.  Not only are you establishing visual hierarchy by separating your thematic data from the basemap, but you using gestalt to link the data on the map to the data on the side.



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