Excellent map format / layout commentary on the US Champs thread.
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.
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.
It's not "really picky" to note chopped-up legends. ;-)
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.
And yes and yes, in case I wasn't clear.
How's that Ankle sprain bro?
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.