I am trying to design a beautiful map using QGIS. As I'm a software developer not a designer, I was hoping that this will be easy, but it isn't!
There is a similar question here Where to find QGIS tutorials and web resources? but I would like to focus from "applications using Qgis" to "designing a map using Qgis".
I was looking for some tools, style database or tutorials to guide me, but had no luck so far.
New How to use label classes, expressions, and annotations? helped me a lot and OSM seems to look great: 1, 2. However I need to use my own shapefiles.
Also there is Quantumnik. It could be a great help, however it prints map on another tab and I need it to be on the same with my Qgis project.
So basically I am looking for a way to design a beautiful looking map using basic QGIS tools, any resources on that?