Old school map scale

 

http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com/
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Found on Noisy Decent Graphics. Hope its ok to borrow, an interesting approach to getting scale on a map, using 1/2 mile circles all over to give you a scale were ever you look.

Not sure if this is that much better than having a grid which is tied to a scale. But the problem with that approach has always been about matching fold lines to grid lines. You don’t really get a nice alignment of the folds of paper to the scale of a map. unless you’re lucky. The other problem with the folds/grid approach is that people may not neccesarily understand that the physicality of the folder paper relates to the map printed onto it.

As Mr. Terrett says “I thought it looked easy, I’m not sure the rest of the audience did” quite so, i’m also wondering if the question of scale is so important that it should dominate the map so much.

Its the same kind of approach as our Legible London map scale:

www.aiglondon.com
www.aiglondon.com

No new ideas eh?