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Mar 24, 2016 6:38 PM # 
Excellent map format / layout commentary on the US Champs thread.
Mar 24, 2016 7:11 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Thanks.... though I am well aware that I'm really picky when it comes to graphic design and layout.

As a sport, we're definitely much better off with orienteering cartography software because it's so much easier to make and update maps. However, with those advances, we've lost a lot of other design considerations because the software is built for cartography and not layout, which is why we see, for example, an overabundance of the Arial font, fewer page borders, and the like.

Because I'm picky, most events that I'm in charge of (directing, mapping, setting, etc), I go to the extra trouble of formatting the other stuff to make things look good, because I like things to look good.
Mar 24, 2016 7:20 PM # 
There's times to use the Barebones format (ie don't be bothered by stuff like this) and then there are events to be picky. Like US Champs.
Mar 24, 2016 7:34 PM # 
It's not "really picky" to note chopped-up legends. ;-)
Mar 24, 2016 9:24 PM # 
Its these things where I think OCAD falls far short of what is needed to make really nice looking maps, and what has driven me to do so much of my work in Illustrator instead of OCAD. I keep just the map and north lines in OCAD, and add everything else in Illustrator. Thats a bit beyond most people doing map layout and printing, but I really don't think it should be.
The map is the one thing that you hold all the time, and keep after the race, and tend to look at again and again after the race, so it should be the item that has the most work put into branding and design! Instead we have people who refuse to learn any elements of design, and refuse to pay for any professional printing doing most of the work.
Mar 24, 2016 9:33 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Yes, yes, and yes.
Mar 24, 2016 9:39 PM # 
Pink Socks:
And yes and yes, in case I wasn't clear.
Mar 24, 2016 9:51 PM # 
^ ^ ^ What he said. :-)
Mar 25, 2016 4:24 AM # 
How's that Ankle sprain bro?
Mar 25, 2016 5:42 AM # 
Pink Socks:
I still have limited mobility and pain when I extend to the limit in dorsiflexion. It's just beyond the normal range for walking and running, so it's not normally an issue, so I've just dealt with it, but if I step on something wrong it'll jam and hurt more than it should.

I also can't spring off my left foot as much, so I lost a tad off my vertical jump. But it doesn't seem like it's worth taking off the time and recovery to have surgery, so I've just dealt with it.

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