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    Cartogram by LBlue

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Starts:27-Apr-13 3:30 a.m. GMT

Ends:11-May-13 3:30 a.m. GMT


Award 1: $200, was awarded to LBlue


Tip 1: $25, was tipped to scriptink


Vector EPS, AI (vector based)


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Uploaded on 27-Apr-13 3:24 a.m. GMT

Creative brief

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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 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: 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.

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.

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

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: (England)

and here: (United States)

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

Brief updates

By aronboros on 30-Apr-13 7:33 p.m. GMT
The map should be made up of 160 equal area tiles. Each tile represents a single legislative district. The tiles will be 14 colors, where each color represents one of the 14 Massachusetts counties. The number of tiles in each county (in each color) is determined by the number of legislative districts in that county.

This page notes the number of legislative districts in each county:
(For instance, Berkshire County has 4 Representatives and 4 districts)

The location of each county can be found on the maps here:

The final product will not have the precise shape of the map of Massachusetts; it will be distorted because of these requirements. Your task is to make the distortion as representative as possible by choosing the tile shape, arrangement, color, labeling, etc.
By aronboros on 30-Apr-13 7:52 p.m. GMT
The link I provided earlier is a good example of what I'm looking for.

As you can see from that map, the overall impression is similar to the overall outline of the United States, but it is distorted so that each district gets only one box. The text description at that link also implies some of the goals and challenges of building a cartogram.

Note that the linked map uses squares. Other shapes may be more attractive or effective for the purpose.
By aronboros on 2-May-13 7:47 p.m. GMT
Here is the county-by-county breakdown of how many tiles each should have (1 tile = 1 legislative district):

Barnstable (southeast tip): 5 tiles
Dukes + Nantucket (islands): 1 tile total (1/2 tile each)
Berkshire (west): 4 tiles
Bristol: (southeast) 14 tiles
Essex: (northeast corner): 18 tiles
Franklin (northwest): 2 tiles
Hampden (center-south): 12 tiles
Hampshire (center): 3 tiles
Middlesex (east): 37 tiles
Norfolk (east) :15 tiles
Plymouth (southeast): 12 tiles
Suffolk (east): 19 tiles
Worcester (center): 18 tiles

The location of each county within the state is available here:
By aronboros on 6-May-13 8:14 p.m. GMT
Once you have a layout of tiles that looks good, it would be helpful to have each tile numbered according to the number of the legislative districts within that county.

You can see the relative position of the numbered legislative districts within a county here:

Ideally, each district that borders another in real life also borders the others on the cartogram you are developing. That is clearly *impossible*. But this is the goal - as little distortion as possible.