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Lesson Navigation IconLayout Design Settings / Graphical Semiology

Unit Navigation IconMap Size and Scale

Unit Navigation IconDefinition and Organisation of Map Elements

Unit Navigation IconTypography

Unit Navigation IconColour Design

Unit Navigation IconReadability Rules

LO Navigation IconBalance of Map Elements

LO Navigation IconContrast Design of Visual Tone

LO Navigation IconGraphic Density

LO Navigation IconShape Readability

LO Navigation IconAngular Readability

LO Navigation IconReadability of Colour Patterns

LO Navigation IconLand-Water Contrast

LO Navigation Iconwhiteboard discussion

LO Navigation IconTest your knowledge about readability here

Unit Navigation IconMap Critics

Unit Navigation IconSummary

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whiteboard discussion

Gather in groups of 2 or 3 students for an online whiteboard discussion. For the discussion please keep the following aspects in mind:

  • After welcoming each other, make an agreement on who is loading the attached file into your workspace.
  • Take a minute to get a first impression of the image’s content.
  • Then start to clarify each others impressions. Allow at least 15 minutes for this textual and graphical communication part. Keep objective! Find an answer to the following questions:
  1. What is displayed? – textual communication
  2. How is its graphical expressed? – Create a legend on the existing elements
  3. What are the problems exist with this map? – Would you, the user, be happy with it? – Record headwords, textually.
  4. Test some new presentation possibilities. – Be creative but keep the subject matter in mind. Finish this when you have agreed on a new legend.
  5. Make some closing comments on your results.

Leave your communication group and come back to this learning objective.

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It is often difficult to adhere readability rules on a map, but without paying attention to them, lower quality maps are the result. Cartography is not an intuitive type of art in which the graphic elements may be rearranged at will. Many of the shapes and their locations are imposed by geographical or locational facts. Nevertheless, these guidelines should be applied whenever possible.

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