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Azelor
02-25-2014, 02:04 AM
I know it's a little late to enter as it's 1 AM here but I started working on it the 8th of February so... another space map! We talked a lot about stars in the CWBP2, that's where I got the idea.

My idea was to represent every members of the Guild on a single map. Every member is a star. Some are brighter than others. The brightness mostly depends on the numbers on messages as of February 8th. A mix of serious and less scientific information is listed on the left. I can't guarantee that I have the 43 243 stars but I tried to have the right number. I used a click counter and duplicated the layers... Anyway it will be hard to verify.

# Latest WIP #

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madcowchef
02-25-2014, 02:34 AM
We are all made of stars? This is an amazing idea, wonderful way to visualize the guild.

Domino44
02-25-2014, 09:24 AM
I love star maps! and in this one I'm a star! :) it looks wonderful, and it's a great idea. Good luck!

SJS
02-25-2014, 09:44 AM
Interesting concept!

Ilanthar
02-25-2014, 12:28 PM
That's a brilliant idea! It makes me think of network models (like peer to peer or financial connections) that actually looks like galaxies or nets. So, makes sense to map the guild this way (with an artistic vision)!

Bogie
02-25-2014, 12:43 PM
Very Clever!!

Diamond
02-25-2014, 05:01 PM
THIS is what I was trying to do! But you've done a much better job laying it out than I did, so I'm glad I bombed out... :D

arsheesh
02-25-2014, 05:07 PM
Yes, very clever. So many great ideas this month.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Lingon
02-26-2014, 05:58 PM
Fantastic idea! Probably my favorite interpretation of the theme this month!

lostatsea
02-27-2014, 04:30 PM
Interesting concept. But you're not showing up in the thumbs so change (# Latest WIP #) To ( ### Latest WIP ### ). Good luck !

Azelor
02-28-2014, 02:36 AM
Thanks for the good comments!


That's a brilliant idea! It makes me think of network models (like peer to peer or financial connections) that actually looks like galaxies or nets. So, makes sense to map the guild this way (with an artistic vision)!

That would be cool but it would require a program or sometng to sort out the connections between people. My main trading lines are (where) linking community leaders because they are the spine of the community (sort of). Now I extended it to other worlds.

so here's an update
### Latest WIP ###
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I consider adding more names but I'm not sure there enough space left. It might become too crowded. I still need to add a couple of things.

As anyone already seen a 3 dimensional compass rose ?

Azelor
02-28-2014, 02:58 AM
Bonus: I made a graphic to compare star size with their real scale. (Except for the smaller one) It's bad because the difference in size is too big. UY Scuti is 1708 times the size of the Sun and the smallest, the neutron star had a diameter of about 50 km.
I'm so sad, everything worked so well in illustrator:(

61879


No, you are not dreaming, the colors are awful. I did modifications before posting as it was even worst. Still, the forums had to convert from CMYK to RGB.
I'm still working in CMYK. I have to remember to change this next time I start a project.

Lingon
02-28-2014, 04:50 AM
That update added a lot of flavor! It feels really sci-fi now. But I have to say the readability suffered. That dark fade on the letters looks cool, but makes them blend in with the black background. Not sure what I would have done, though…
Thanks for putting me in the Artists Spur, by the way :D

Ilanthar
02-28-2014, 07:10 AM
By Azelor
That would be cool but it would require a program or sometng to sort out the connections between people

Yeah, sure, and a powerful processor in addition :D! I was just mentioning what came to me. I like a lot of ideas concerning the space regions (like the net "neighbourhood" of the guild), but I agree with Lingon, the labels are more difficult to read.

Your last attachment seems broken to me.

fabio p
02-28-2014, 07:13 AM
Aside from readability issues, I like this map, but I would consider adding a nebula background or a little bit of colours here and there among the stars, like gaseous formations or different kind of coloured stars (you already have a little nebula but it’s kind of dull); and I think some stars could be bigger and /or brighter. Beware, I don't really know what I'm talking about :P, not having done a star map yet, but I think more colours and more variations could improve an already good map.

Azelor
03-01-2014, 03:26 AM
I added a lot of colors, but it would still need some polishing.

### Latest WIP ###

61905

Domino44
03-01-2014, 11:38 AM
I love this so much!

Azelor
03-01-2014, 02:16 PM
Thanks!

### Latest WIP ###

61924

some minor corrections

ravells
03-01-2014, 09:52 PM
This is just brilliant. Can't believe how many great entries there are this month.

Eilathen
03-02-2014, 07:45 AM
A very nice entry! I always think that galaxy maps have something mystic, a quality of unsolved mysteries and riddles...i love it.
And i am honored to be part of the map :D Although you have a typo in my name ;)

Azelor
03-02-2014, 11:27 AM
Your all very kind for your words.

Eilathen, sorry about that. I don't think I will update it. It was not intentional but others like Evil Eagle where butchered for the sake of readability ;)

I never understood why people use the word typo when it comes to misspelling. Typography?

waldronate
03-02-2014, 03:47 PM
Typographical error - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographical_error)