Knowing the In’s and Out’s of Your Map

Posted on November 23, 2012


Maps can help you organize your business, plan your trips, and serve as teaching aides for your classroom.  But a map can’t do much good if you don’t know how to read it.  DaVinci Business Graphics helps you learn the in’s and out’s of your map. 


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The title is the most basic component of any map.  It tells you exactly what you are looking at.  It could be a simple title like “City of Seattle” or it could be an extensive title like “5 Mile Radius Map Around Los Angeles, California.”


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The legend tells you how to read the visual cues on your map.  It should reveal what every marking means, and sometimes provide additional information. For example, a state capital may be represented by a red star, highways may be represented by black lines, and population size may be represented by a range of colorful shading.


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How are you going to know how long a distance on a map is without a scale?  Since maps represent smaller versions of reality, every map needs a scale to explain what the scaled-down size of the representation is.  A map may represent an area that is, in actuality, 100,000 times larger than the size of the map.  The scale in this case would be 1:100,000.



North, South, East, West.  All maps must have a compass orientation. Since the primary purpose of a map is to provide an insight into direction, a map has to be able to show which way is which on a compass.


These are only some components of maps.  But maps can be made to look however you want and display the information important to you.  To get the exact map that you need for your business, home, or classroom, contact DaVinci Business Graphics.  We carry over 200,000 wall maps from the leading publishers, and also create custom maps of anywhere in the US and worldwide.


Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today.  We can help you find the right map for you.  Visit our Map Store in Irvine, California