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Graphic Design Exercises
(Archived from 2019)
To learn to use Adobe Illustrator tools
by example. To learn design principles by recreating the map above.
Maps are a specific type of infographics. Infographics by definition are designed to present visual information quickly and clearly. Therefore, the best maps are minimalist in style and stripped of all decorative elements. In addition, directional location maps often sacrifice geographic accuracy for clarity.
Tips for making maps:
edit out all non-essential information
carefully choose only a few select elements for emphasis
go for simplicity (clarity), avoid complexity (creates confusion)
maximize visual unity by repeating the same typographic elements (i.e. use as few typefaces as possible, use a limited number of weights, don't change type sizes unless absolutely necessary)
organize information by layers (more layers are better than less)
during production, lock all layers except for the current layer
create a gray scale map first to work out the contrast issues
adding color later will allow you to focus on color harmony