Euromonitor International forecasts that China will be the world’s largest economy in 2020. How can this be so?
The above map shows the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of each province in China and their nearest equivalents in the countries of the world. For common people, GDP of different economies is hard to imagine. And that is the strong point of this map. This map makes it easier for the common people to visualize the GDP of each Chinese province by comparing it to the nearest GDP of a country.
Technically, the map is very good. It used choropleth to show the GDP of each province in billion dollars. The colors used are easily distinguishable and the hierarchy is appropriate. The title of the map can tell what the map is about. The way the legend is written also reflects how good the map is. As observed, the left limit of each range is always the minimum in the range and the right limit is the maximum in the range. There is uniformity even in the legend. The labels used are big enough to be easily read. Though there are labels which follow the shape of the provinces to maintain the font size, the overall effect is not compromised.
In general, the map is visually pleasing. It retained its simplicity while supplying much information. There is balance and good contrast. The colors used are not painful to the eyes and seem appropriate. Though the color of the border is not uniform (the country border is dark blue, while the province border is white); still, it does not make the map look bad. Lastly, the color of the background and the shadow added to its visual effect.