You can find a very useful EVE career chart online here: https://eve-guides.fr/images/wtd.jpg.
From a visual and infographic point of view, as a chart, it works pretty well, IMHO, but it’s not vectorised artwork so if you wanted to get it printed out as a poster (so that you could put it on your wall for example) the resolution probably be high enough.
In real life I’m a graphic designer so I thought I’d have a play around with it and create a revised *(and updated)*version in Adobe Illustrator that’ll enlarge up to any size.
I was going to do this as a fun project, mostly to give to my corporation colleagues, but I though it might be cool to share it here too, if it’s likely that it’s something that people might like to get their hands on. (Would people find a revised version of this chart useful? Desirable?)
At the moment, I’m working on the look and feel and below is a mock up of how a box on the chart might look on the final version.
The coloured indicator chevrons work and communicate well, and I like the box colours overall, however I wanted to go for a slightly flatter, softer and more rounded look and this is reflected in the radius corners, chevron shapes, Omega icon and text choice
I’d be interested in any constructive feedback that people might have.
If I’m re-creating the chart, then I probably need to look at updating the career path options at the same time because the chart linked to above was done in November 2016 and I think a fair bit has changed in the game since then.
I’m not an expert in all things EVE so if there’s any obvious corrections that you think need to be on the chart, please feel free to suggest them here.
Thanks for your help.
Following a lot of time consuming and detailed work, the project has now reached the Beta release stage (basically not quite finished yet, but at a point where it’s good enough for some mass feedback and testing by rank-and-file players.).
So based on this, here are the download links that you need:
In the main download folder is a PDF file:
READ ME FIRST! - EVE Careers Chart - Version 2.0 Open Beta - Release Notes.pdf
At the risk of stating the bloody obvious please do read this PDF first because there are a bunch of notes that pertain to what variants of the chart are available as well as some feedback notes and so on which I really would like people to look at, first, please.
In addition to this file, there are three folders in the main download folder:
- Printable Chart
- Interactive Chart Folder
- Chart Extracts
Although it might be pretty obvious to many, for the sake of clarity, here’s what’s in each folder:
1. Printable Chart
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - Print.pdf
The printable version of the chart - 600mm H X 917mm W - completely with trim marks, registration targets and colour calibration strips. Designed for those who might want to print the chart out themselves and/or get it printed out at a poster size by the local print shop
2. Interactive Chart Folder
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - Interactive.pdf
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - Hyperlink List.pdf
The interactive version of the chart. Designed for those who just want a version that exists on their computer, but one that offers embedded hyperlinks, allowing end users to pull up additional web-based information on activity genres, activity spines or specific activity cards.
The Hyperlink List file is a stripped down to basics version of the link information presented as a PDF (created from an RTF document to keep the file size down)
3. Chart Extracts
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - Community Extract.pdf
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - Corporations & Alliances Extract.pdf
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - Industry Extract.pdf
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - PvE Extract.pdf
EVE Activities & Careers Chart - V2.0, Beta Release - March 2023 - PvP Extract.pdf
Given the physical size of the chart I can easily envisage a scenario whereby you might want to have the benefits of the interactive chart but in a more compact form, and where you might be concentrating on one area of gameplay. The aim of the extracts is precisely this.
When I wrote this update to my original project post (18 November 2023 - following some really useful feedback from Isaque Muutaras) I realised that it’s taken a long while to get to this point - two years, eight months - much more time than I’d actually envisaged investing in the project at the outset, but, having taken it on, I felt a big responsibility to make sure that the final product was really good.
The chart is very complex as a piece of graphic design - 5,273 different chart elements, 189 hyperlinks at the moment - but I do feel really lucky to be its current custodian (getting the blessing of the chart’s original creator, @Altrue was a real honour for me).
I am hoping that lots of players will download it, and use it and that it will be helpful to them as New Eden Pilots.
I am really interested in any feedback that you have on the chart, but please read the release notes first, and ideally use the email address that is given there to give this.
At the moment I’m working on incorporating the feedback that I’ve had so far and reflecting the big changes that came in with the Havoc expansion. I’m tentatively looking to get this variant of the chart, (possibly to be called the ‘version 2.0 release’) out sometime in 2024.
The final release info will, most probably, go into a new forum post. This (long’ish) thread has been (mostly) about the development of the project, so it makes sense to me to create a new post for the finished project and therefore, going forward, more about tweaks than overall development.
Either way, another massive thank you to all the people who have supported and encouraged me up to this point, I really couldn’t have done this without you guys, hopefully, you all know who you are.