Friday, August 9, 2013

Cartographic Question


This map for my Star Wars players brought up a question from one of them.  Where is the land and where is the water?

So, what do you see?

- Ark

10 comments:

  1. I would guess that the intention is that the white section is the water and the grey bit is land but because the grey is darker -- and grey is not far from blue -- it sort of suggests that it's the water.

    Then once you start seeing the grey as the water, it's quite a cool Star Warsey idea to have the domes out on -- or in -- the water.

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  2. My first thought was that it was underground with a monorail system connecting the domes and the R&D dome had the only direct access to the surface through that cave.

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    1. I should have mentioned I thought it was a cross-section.

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  3. Water is light gray at top.

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  4. Looks like a lot of stuff inthe water near a penninsula to me.

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  5. My brain identified the white (lighter color) as water and the grey (darker color) as land. I think I get what you were doing here as well. Land masses are darker than water on almost all maps. So lighter is water, darker is land mass.

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  6. Traditionally on a greyscale map the waters is typically darker then land. Thats's because most of the things thatare labelled are on the land.

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  7. Ooff!

    I'm with -C, but I have a lot of trouble with this.

    The curve of the Force Shield makes it look like the Wildlife Preserve is on the inside and most of the domes are on the outside of the Force Shield.

    R&D dome has no centre point, nor any lines radiating from it, so I see that as "above", and on a peninsula (the white) and the straight black lines as subterranean or underwater transport networks.

    The darker grey of the stuff *inside* the straight lines really confuses me:

    I'd assume that was the footprint of the city, but now all the straight lines don't really make sense, especially the R&D dome…

    I need a sense of scale here, too!

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  8. Thanks to everyone who gave feedback about my . . . well . . . apparently it's not a map - it's a Rorschach test. Awesome impressions here! Looks like it's back to the drawing board, however. :)

    - Ark

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