Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Serif or Sans Serif?

Do you ever make maps for presentations, publications, or just for fun?  Most of us have to do this occasionally, but to make a "good looking" map often seems to take longer than expected.  You may have seen our post about ColorBrewer a few weeks ago, this week check out a site called TypeBrewer.

The site prompts you to choose a map style that you like (formal, classic, informal, contemporary), then presents a sample map with labeling examples in the style you chose.  If you like what you see, you can copy the text details and enter them into your own maps. 

Last week the GIS Service Bureau helped out with some maps for an economic development group.  Before using TypeBrewer they looked a bit questionable, but a few text changes later they looked "great!"

So if you ever struggle with your cartography skills, TypeBrewer might be a help!

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