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Map: Study the Hierarchy, Color, Shape, and dimension of time over 2 maps.


What Is Right About these Maps

1. The use of tone on tone helps to highlight the contents (the important information) from the water. Instead of using a shade of blue or green, amber was chosen because it competes less with the colors of yellow, green, red, and orange used as highlight colors. The amber recedes while the important information dominates. The globe could have been shades of gray, but the background to the timeline would have needed to be black or another color other than gray. (color)

2. The timeline and the dots on the map show both change over time when the dots are clicked and the current status of conditions prior to being clicked.

3. The white text on the black is one of the most predominate features and important features on the maps. (hierarchy)

4. The dots have prominence but also an appealing shape to give them contrast.

Source: MSNBC.COM. 26, May 2004.


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