natty dread wrote:If on the other hand you have "it looks weird" and on the other you have "it's hard to read and is too cluttered", which do you think is better overall?
The Fix to both answers... Supersize it. We have the tools now, so lets use them.
But with supersize, the map would still require lots of scrolling... most people these days have monitors with a vertical resolution between 1024-1080. If you substract from that the browser interface etc. you're left with around 850 pixels or so.
So making a map taller than that when it's not necessary is not really good design.
One possibility would be to take a map projection that's more square in aspect. Or do it kind of like the Canada map, with a outer-space view on the globe. This would give the opportunity to tweak the viewing angle until the map looks good.