Mega Regions 2050

This map, produced by the American Regional Plan Association shows the emerging mega regions of the United States and Canada. The map utilizes a number of different techniques to convey the location of these new regions. Proportional symbols were used to show city population with a colour attributed to a specific region. In the same colour, a uniform surface shading is used to demarcate fuzzy borders of the region, using a transparent and lighter shade of the same colour. Regions are named with adjacent text and a minimal legend is provided. Underneath, a simple, light grey map is used as reference. This map combines great design with a huge amount of data to convey very interesting ideas about regional planning for the future. The website below contains more examples  of maps showing information about transportation and regional planning.

Link: http://www.america2050.org/maps/

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