I am setting up an GIS environment based on ESRI Products. The cartography will be done using either ArcGIS directly or exporting to svg and using inkscape and Illustrator. None of the map makers are cartographers and I would like to standardize the cartographic workflows to ensure a minimum quality of cartographic output. The contents of the maps will consist of environmental data for planning purposes. I need to simply ensure legibility and clarity. I want to create standards based on the size of paper map and number of main themes. For Example 90% of maps will involve a topographic map and between 2 and 5 vector layers consisting of political borders with annotations for regions and then the main map focus which would normally be point or line data. We have limited time, and the GIS workflows will not include time for creative play. I want efficiency and good standards - otherwise we will have people spending much too much time trying to create works of art. The thematic symbology has already been decided. Where I need more advice is on typography.
I already have a good idea about the font size depending on the size of the map, but where I am having difficulties is choosing the fonts and font families. I don´t mind mixing serif and sans-serif to distinguish between factual data and historical data e.g river names, or place names....but I would like to know which combination of fonts are generally acceptable for these types of information maps which guarantee a good level of legibility. If anyone could share with me their favourite "standard" fonts I would be most grateful. I would like to be able to define no more than 3-4 type faces which have a few weights to allow for a bit of room to create clear visual concepts of dominance and importance between the themes. Legends and Titles will also be standardized.
Any comments would be great,
Thanks in advance,