This tutorial has been created to design a schematic map for public transport routes.The process described below was used to design the user map both in its user information space version and in its pocket version. It is the result of work carried out in Santiago de Caballeros, Dominican Republic, and published on the website Datum.la.
Verify if each route is in a different layer.
Create margins of at least 15 mm on the four edges.
Name some “original routes” and the other “geometrised routes”.
Within this layer, we must continue to keep the routes separated into sublayers.
Define different colours for each route. Bright colours that are as different from each other as possible. See example of colours used in the map of Santiago.
To round the vertexes: select the black selection tool (selection tool V), select all the route vectors, select the white selection tool (selection tool A), and change the corner value to 2pt on the upper bar.
Organise the route layers so that the intersections are in the best possible order. Ensure that you move route edges together with route lines so that the white edge remains above the routes that pass below them.
Design a circle whose diameter is greater than the width of the routes with stroke = 0.5pt black and fill = white.
There are two possible of ways of creating the enlarged central area depending on the case of the town:
Design an icon that represents the route, the label with the route name, the route start and end symbols.
Write the street names of the start and end intersections of each route, font = Arial, size = 6pt, colour = #808184.
Include the logos of the local and/or international organisations that have participated in the project and the mapping.
Organise a workshop with people who have participated in the mapping, and print the map in original size A1; request them to review the map in terms of the following aspects, using a pen:
Revise, turn off, include and modify details indicated in the workshop.
Suggested size for pocket type map: A3 = 420mm x 297mm