Design by Association

There is a cartographic maxim that the features you put on your map should, if at all possible, be represented in a stylistically real way. What this means is that water features are often blue, meadows might be denoted in green, a camp site symbol looks like a little tent, a railroad is symbolized with what looks like a miniature railroad, and so forth and so on.

The term for a word that itself is very much like the thing it is describing (hiss, boo, buzz) is onomatopoeia. Don’t you think we should have a cool sounding word like that for map features that look like the real thing? Onomapopoeia maybe?

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