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Business Info

Business Name

Center for Health Information and Analysis

What do you do?

Our mission is to monitor the Massachusetts health care system and to provide reliable information and meaningful analysis for those seeking to improve health care quality, affordability, access, and outcomes. We publish a variety of products, including products that show health care statistics on a regional basis.

How many pages of illustration do you need?


What do you need illustrated?

I need a map of Massachusetts based on population distribution rather than based on land distribution (i.e. a cartogram http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/projects/Carto... For phase one of this project, each of the 160 Massachusetts legislative districts will be one equal-area unit. The locations of the legislative districts can be found on the attached map of the state.

(The legislative districts are the continguous color regions, with a name in black with white outline. The white outline regions are cities and towns with names in black - these need not appear in the final product in any way (neither borders nor names)).

The final product should resemble the general shape of the state, with the contiguous equal-area units labeled with the name of the legislative district (or an appropriate abbreviation from this list: http://www.malegislature.gov/Content/Doc... The units should be colored according to the county they appear in (which is made clear by the name of the district; e.g. 15th Middlesex is the 15th district in Middlesex County). .

Does your illustration need to be a particular size?

I need a vector graphic (Adobe Illustrator) to allow the map to be modified to represent statistical and demographic information in our agencies reports and on our website.

Target Audience

What is your industry?

Government and Municipal

Describe the target audience for your illustration

This illustration will be used as a base for a variety of statistical analyses of Massachusetts health care. As such, it should be a simple base to build from. For instance, we might change the color of districts to represent the prevalence of heart disease in each district.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your illustration?

1) the population distribution in Massachusetts as a whole
2) the population distribution by county
3) the location of the legislative districts.

Style and Concept

What lillustration styles do you like?


What colors do you want to see in your illustration?

Any clear, professional palette. For example, see page 5 of http://www.mass.gov/chia/docs/r/pubs/13/...

What colors do you NOT want to see in your illustration?

glaring colors

What adjectives should best describe your illustration?

Clean, simple, professional, flexible.

Where will you use the illustration (print, website, etc.)?

Print, web. It needs to be a flexible base upon which our in-house team will build.

Do you have additional info or links you'd like to share?

Two examples of the kind of map (cartogram) that I'm interested in are here: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/2... (England)

and here: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/12/m... (United States)

There may be follow-on work to develop cartograms based on Massachusetts Senate districts or based on other geographic regions.



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