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Illy tips and tutorials no.2

So here is part 2 of my 5-part series on map finishing in Adobe Illustrator. Tip #2 Simple effects – drop shadows, …

5 tips and tutorials for map creation in Illustrator

Each day this week I will be bringing you a tip or technique to help with map finishing in Adobe Illustrator. As I am at the ESRI International User Conference, I shall start with a simple tip for exporting maps from ArcGIS if you plan to then ‘finish’ them in Illustrator.

Tip #1: Bring ArcGIS documents in as PDF

All next week, from the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego CA, I will be sharing some tips and tutorials to aid map finishing using Adobe Illustrator.
5 DAY ESRI CONFERENCE – 5 DAYS OF ILLY TIPS!
Starting 8am (GMT) Monday 8th July 2013. I hope you’ll find them useful. → July 4, 2013

Map Collection no.2
– Visualisations

Another selection of maps that I’ve stumbled upon or have been sent to me over the past few months.
Some aren’t new – just new to me – so maybe to you too! Enjoy.

City tourist maps

City breaks took off as a holiday choice, particular for Europeans with the growth of low-cost airlines in the late 1990s. Most city tourists, me included, don’t purchase a map either before they go or even when they arrive. The internet and web maps allows us to plan our trips in advance and upon arrival, whilst technophiles will get out their smartphones or tablets, the rest of us (in my case to avoid roaming charges) seem confident that our hotel, youth hostel, a bar or sightseeing bus company will have a free map that will be adequate for their needs.

I have many examples of such maps and all of them are usable but many only just. They are ‘get by’ maps, mainly produced by graphic designers. Okay they are free, but I believe they can be better.

Win an iPad!

Win an iPad! Anyone, anywhere can enter for free.

Mapping by extrapolation

‘These are popping up all over Facebook, Gmail, and the internet in general. Everyone raves about them, but I think they are awful, especially considering they represent such simple data. What does the darkness/density of colour mean? Are the white areas no response? Were they surveyed at all?’

Indoor maps in the UK

Firstly indoor maps, or venue maps as Bing and Nokia prefer to call them, are nothing new. They’ve been experimented with on …

The devil is beating his wife

MAPPING HOW AMERICA SPEAKS: Post-graduate student Joshua Katz’s dialect maps showcase America’s many linguistic divides. Simple words such as lawyer, mayonnaise and crayon highlight just how dialectally diverse the United States is.

Keeping up with the Googles: Part Two
A Cartographic Review

Okay so I’ve now had my preview access to the new Google Maps for nearly a week and I must say my positive opinion has grown enormously since my original post. Many of you know how I hate map critiquing but with all the fuss around new Google Maps I felt the need to at least offer an opinion.

The biggest improvement is that the new-look Google Maps is brighter. When compared side-by-side with the current (old) Google Maps the old one looks so drab!

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