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NACIS PCD Talk 2015: Restyling Old & Cluttered Maps

Vanessa KW
October 13, 2015

NACIS PCD Talk 2015: Restyling Old & Cluttered Maps

Tips for easily restyling maps, using USAID/OFDA maps from my job as an example

Vanessa KW

October 13, 2015
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  1. Restyling Old &
    Cluttered Maps
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    Va n e s s a K n o p p ke - We t z e l

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  2. OVERVIEW
    1. Program Maps Restyling
    1. (Failed) attempts
    2. Solution!
    1. Changes explained
    2. Map Booklet Restyling
    1. Old vs New
    2. Small change makes BIG change
    3. How to do it
    1. Plus tips and tricks
    Intro: Why bother changing map styles?
    Questions?
    @run_for_funner

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  3. WHY BOTHER
    CHANGING?
     First: What is USAID/OFDA?
     US Agency for International
    Development
     Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
     OFDA needs maps for:
     Quick onset or natural emergencies
     Hurricanes, floods, and other natural
    disasters
     Other: locusts, draught, etc.
     Complex emergencies
     Aftermath (long term) of above disasters
     Human induced disasters (war,
    technology induced (chemical, etc)
    Disaster Declaration map, September 2015 @run_for_funner

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  4. WHY BOTHER CHANGING?
     [maps needed for…]
     Summaries of where USG
    humanitarian aid is going (to what
    programs and organizations in the
    affected area)
     99% of the time: need FAST maps
     Reason why specs exist
     BUT: same reason why specs have
    not changed often – work focuses
    on pushing out as many maps as
    possible, as quickly as possible.
     (all GOOD REASONS of course, for
    why specs don’t change often)
    Program map, May 2013
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  5. Map Booklet, January 2007
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  6. Reference map, September 2014 @run_for_funner

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  7. Program map, February 2014 @run_for_funner

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  8. Program map, August 2013
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  9. Map Booklet, January 2007
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  10. Program map, February 2015
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  11. PROGRAM MAP RESTYLING
    an iterative process
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    associative
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    O L D D E S I G N
    Remove border (especially because it was that shade of blue!)

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    C H A N G E V I S U A L H I E R A R C H Y
    P. boxes are the “most
    important” information, so:
     Lighten base map color
     Lighten ADMIN and City
    Names
     Maintain hierarchy
    by making ADMIN
    darker than City
    Names & dots
     Because base color
    lightened a lot, make
    admin borders slightly
    darker (but not DARK)

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    C H A N G E V I S U A L H I E R A R C H Y
    P. boxes are the “most
    important” information, so:
     Lighten international
    borders
     via both color
     AND STROKE
    (make thinner)
     Remove int’l cities
    (irrelevant)
     Make int’l country names
    lighter than country
    ADMIN names

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    P R O G R A M B O X C H A N G E S
     Remove border
     Remove tab
     Add lead line instead
     Shorten “International
    partners” to “ip”
     Add 85% transparency to
    white

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    P R O G R A M B O X C H A N G E S ( H I E R A R C H Y )
     Make int’l boxes 75% transparent
     Make int’l lead line lighter than country ADMIN
    lead line
     Keep countrywide tab, but make WHITE
     Change label to black
     Make white box (and tab) 90% transparent

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    K E Y C H A N G E S
     Remove outline
     Make tab white

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  27. MAP BOOKLET RESTYLING
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    QUESTIONS?

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