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Discussion: suggestions

in: barb; barb > 2020-08-09

Aug 9, 2020 8:30 PM # 
mikeminium:
Map looks great! Nice job!

Just a couple thoughts for possible improvement:
north lines?
legend?

Oftentimes a border makes a map look more professional.
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Aug 10, 2020 12:26 AM # 
peggyd:
Ha, that's kind of funny because in my office of professional cartographers we've pretty much done away with borders. ("Neatlines")
But I don't disagree that they make a map look nice & finished! I am still not quite used to water tones & landtones just kind of ... stopping.
Aug 10, 2020 2:24 AM # 
mikeminium:
Hey Peggy, Funny that we think a bit alike. A number of years ago I ran across a middle school social studies textbook that listed a border as one of the "essential elements" of a map. At the time, I scoffed a "bah, humbug, I'm certainly not going to require my students to include 'border' as an essential element, and I'm sure not going to use that as a test question!". But since then, it has kind of stuck in my mind when I'm making orienteering maps (or more frequently editing a larger map for printing), and I generally think it gives a map a more finished look.
That said, I don't always do it, but I generally do if I have time.
Aug 10, 2020 12:10 PM # 
Cristina:
One thing about using a border is that you can also use it as a quick version identification method. Change the border color when you make major revisions to the map and you’ll be able to tell very quickly if a version is the most up to date.
Aug 10, 2020 1:57 PM # 
barb:
Aug 10, 2020 2:11 PM # 
Cristina:
Navigation Games logo and url? :)
Aug 10, 2020 2:31 PM # 
barb:
That's the full map. It says OUSA bc I'm going to see whether it's appropriate for the Youth Mapping Program.

I decided not to add north lines for our current programs, bc we are not using compasses, and I wanted to minimize stuff on the map that was confusing. It was their first look at an O map and they are 9 years old. Interestingly, their counselors had taught some type of orienteering with a compass the day before. We did emphasize that the red edge is North. So it was fun that Ethan could tell them how to find north with the map, but with no compass.
Aug 10, 2020 2:49 PM # 
barb:
Oh, yeah, the NG logo and URL would be good. :-)
Aug 10, 2020 2:57 PM # 
barb:
It might be nice to have a blurb about orienteering and how you can do more of it.
Aug 10, 2020 10:58 PM # 
peggyd:
Yup, the borders look nice. I like it.

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