I designed this map as an assignment from a two-semester intensive course in ArcGIS for Desktop. Road maps pose so many design challenges that they make wonderful learning tools for new cartographers. In the case of this map, I was given the region to map and little else.
The project involved countless hours spent searching for data, cleaning up and processing said data, and of course an endless parade of careful design decisions with regard to colors, line strokes, and overall visual hierarchy. I learned so much making this map, and for my first of its kind, I'm very pleased with the result.