We were asked to create a topographic map of an urbanized area within Canada using different datasets.
Deviating from the cartographic standard and inspired by a modern Swisstopo map, I decided not to use italic font for water features. Therefore, only one font is used. Another design element I have adopted from a Swisstopo map are some of their colours.
I would like to point out the use of red for train tracks which allows to emphasize public transportation in a subtle way over the street network in Vancouver.
Also, I like legends that do not just represent features that are lined up in a simple list or table. Therefore, features are grouped and visualised in a made-up map.