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This design was begun in October 2015 and was developed over the following 18 months; the main map was drawn using vectors in Illustrator and developed with textures in Photoshop. I researched the population and census data for each province and developed a system of symbols and text label sizes to represent the populations of each major city, town and settlement in the country. Multiple online mapping resources were consulted for the geographical information (for a list, see below). The illustrations were drawn by hand using a fineline pen, scanned to computer, coloured and added to the design using Photoshop. It was completed in April 2017, with subsequent edits and corrections made in January 2018. The typefaces used are Brandon Grotesque and Kursivschrift.
Note on language: The primary language used across the map is standard Spanish or Castilian, with alternative names in regional languages written below or alongside in parentheses, e.g. Lérida (Lleida). I decided on this approach for all names - regional, provincial, urban and geographical - in order to maintain consistency across the design, despite the fact that in certain regions (Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and the Valencian community) the regional language takes precedence over Castillian.