Many of member mapdorian(mapdori is homepage of Ongame Map Architect Team) prefer good design map than good balance and exciting map.
I think 'only for design' map should not made and I tell them about it, but they don't think like that.
I'm not exactly sure what map you wanted me to look at from that link.
I think that a beautiful map is almost as good as a balanced map. Many will agree with me on this one. There is a limit to how much beauty you can put into a map before it becomes imbalanced. It is very hard to balance beauty and playability the way starcraft is.
Well, every map can look decent, if you just make some decoration after you completed the balancing part. That's the Bill307-approach. To me, balancing and even more important gameplay/playability are the most important aspects. There are many maps that look good, are fair race/position wise and are still not really fun, because the gameplay is boring or onedimensional.
the top factor when making a map is exciting gameplay
secondary to that is balanced gameplay
then you have originality and new concepts
then you have the design of the map
imo the design of the map generally doesnt give much to the beauty of aesthetics of the map. like one of the maps empyrean made, where half the map was a giant bridge- the design of it might appeal to people visually on the jpeg, but in the game it doesnt look good.
a map must apeal on the jpeg too so people lay their eye on it the first time.
You can make a good looking map and "they" tell you that you only care about the looks.
You can then make an ugly (but very playable) map and they tell you the opposite, that it looks so bad that it sux that way instead :P
They tell you that "if you make a _good_ map, it will be recognized as such and thus played". That is bullshit. Promotion Promotion Promotion is the key to victory.
Or even less than that sometimes. If Götterdämmerung would have been named "Dawn of the Gods" instead, it would never have been used for EPS. But now some german EPS Admin layed his eyes on the map because the NAME was appealing..
I have to agree on that. Just think about a list of maps, you choose by name first, second is the look, and then you check if it's not just "the look". If the balancing then is good, you might download the map and give it a try.
I haven`t tried Empyreans bridge map, and i won`t, because it does not look appealing to me. Arena on the other hand, is quite simple, and for that, good. The look is as well good, so i downloaded it :)