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There are different types of maps but one of the most preferred type is the Illustrated Map as it has illustrations and drawings to emphasize landmarks and structures to guide the user better. There are illustrated maps that can be ordered online or you can create one for your consumption. You don’t have to be an expert on the field to create an effective illustrated map. All you need is a little creativity and accuracy in order to render the map useful. Make sure that you have the right information and materials to make the map effective.
Pick an area
First, you need to choose an area. If you are creating your first ever illustrated map, it would be best to choose an area that you are very familiar with such as your own city or your favorite town. You can create more challenging maps as your skills advance.
Study the area
The main purpose of having a map is for its user to get to a particular point as fast and accurate as possible and this cannot be achieved if your map lacks accuracy. Research on the area or you can do a transect walk to determine the important institutions and highlights of the area. You can also refer to old maps for reference.
Identify important landmarks in the area then indicate them with illustrations or drawings. Identify popular areas such as churches, parks, valleys, schools, mountains or rivers that will help the user determine his exact location.
You can add images on your Illustrated Map in different ways. One option is to manually draw the images or you can add graphics and illustrations on the map by pasting them. You can also make use of online applications or install software on your computer to digitally create maps or a soft map. You can Photoshop images or create a hyperlink to add illustrations on the map.
Add routes and connectors
Lastly, connect the landmarks of the area with roads, highways, streets, pathways and other connectivity patterns. At the bottom of your Illustrated Map, create a legend to indicate the meaning of the connectors and other illustrations.