Gamboa's World examines the changing legal landscape of eighteenth-century Mexico through the lens of the jurist Francisco Xavier de Gamboa (1717-1794). Gamboa was both a representative of legal professionals in the Spanish world and a central protagonist in major legal controversies in Mexico.
The text below is paraphrased from the client, Chris:
- Maps needed of Mexico for my book, Gamboa's World, about 18th century Mexico, to be published by University of New Mexico Press.
- Pretty simple maps, one that shows western Mexico, centered on Guadalajara, and the other of historic mining districts.
Concepts → Blueprint
This was my initial Concept after the Discovery process. Concepts aren't meant to be beautiful. They just need to point the way toward the right idea. Once I have the right idea, I can get the idea right, to quote information designer Bill Buxton.
Here, I had all of the modern-day places and roads. My task was then to clean up the map for readability, style to hint at its historic nature, and adjust markers and roads by researching 18th-Century sources.
- For the topographic relief in the background, I would hand-drawn contours lines look better than soft shading (like in old maps)? I'd like to try that out. See the reference (not as strong as this; more subtle)
- I would continue to tweak and polish to improve the styling along the coastline, where the edge of the sea begins.
- I would provide more context. For example, should rivers or other physical features be labeled and more detailed?