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QUARTA Map: A sneak preview

Posted by Ernestpcosby on 12 March 2017 in English (English)

Well, after my school made me pay a ridiculous amount of money to get the Adobe suite, I set about at my first attempt at a realistic, scalable digital PDF metro map for the QUARTA QLine Metro. Here's a sneak preview of the completed part:

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It's no Khaiwoon Metro map, but for a first try, I'd have to say to myself

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Comment from Myrcia on 12 March 2017 at 09:48

Looks very interesting. I've found Cam Booth's tutorial on Transit Maps very helpful in the past. Especially when it comes to using the grid in Illustrator as a basis for one.

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Comment from Aces California on 12 March 2017 at 09:49

Not bad at all, good start, what you study you needed adobe for if I can ask?

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 12 March 2017 at 10:53

@Myrcia Thanks! I'll have to take a look at that. I've seen it before but that was years ago when I was still making maps by hand so I didn't pay it much mind. Thanks for the link!

@Aces California, I'm an architecture major. :) I love it but so many hidden costs...

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 12 March 2017 at 10:56

Yeah, so far this has been based on a geographically accurate underlay (except a slightly shifted line 3 to make downtown less cramped). I've struggled to figure out how to make it simplified.

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Comment from eklas on 12 March 2017 at 14:28

It looks great! Remember no matter how hard you eventually fail, there's people like me who are even worse at digital design.

Also, +1 bonus point for that spicy 2011 Obama meme.

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Comment from isleño on 12 March 2017 at 21:07

Hey there, just wanted to say I'm flattered to see the Khaiwoon metro map mentioned like this, haha.

Yeah, so far this has been based on a geographically accurate underlay (except a slightly shifted line 3 to make downtown less cramped). I've struggled to figure out how to make it simplified.

The Khaiwoon map, of course, is extremely simplified and nowhere near geographically accurate. I probably spent a few hours making abstract sketches of the system, refining it again and again for maximum simplicity. This was done without considering any other features, no coast, rivers, islands, etc. — just focusing on a blank page with only the metro lines and how to make them as simple as possible.

In the end, the lines in central Khaiwoon got expanded to many times their actual size, while the lines in the outer neighborhoods were shrunk to the bare minimum. The subtle outline of the coast/river you see on the metro map was one of the final things drawn, after all the metro lines had already been put in place.

Anyway, hope this helps. Thanks again for the shout out. :-)

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Comment from histor on 12 March 2017 at 21:29

Looks good - I now how many work maps for metros are. But some suggestions: * let the violett line always be left of the blue line - no doubled crossing. * let the yellow and orange line together til the knotpoint with the olive, yellow, orange, blue and violett lines. * crossing between the darkred and darkgreen lines lay outside the central area - at a place, where both lines fork.

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 13 March 2017 at 08:46

@isleno no problem! And thanks for the tips. I might try once more maybe using the tutorial Myrcia shared and your tips to make a simplified map. (I'd kinda like to try my hands at a Viginelli style one, but part of me feels the system is too curved for that XD)

@histor thanks for the pointers. As for the pink line and blue line that was sort of an accident XD it's been getting on my nerves ever since XD But putting it on the outside does make a lot of sense. And it works for your second point too, freeing up space for the yellow and orange to go together. And I didn't even think about the whole forking idea for the dark red/burgundy and dark green! Brilliant! XD thanks!

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 13 March 2017 at 09:07

Yess XD The Viginelli style concept actually seems to work!!

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Comment from tule00 on 18 March 2017 at 14:48

Woah. Too bad you need a shit ton of money to buy it. Could that be (easily) done with Inkscape?

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 19 March 2017 at 23:40

@tule00 I'm pretty sure Inkscape can do essentially everything Adobe Illustrator can. I'm only using Illustrator because I had to pay for Adobe Creative Cloud already and because I'm still unfamiliar with Inkscape.

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