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Anatomy of the perfect map – from brief to production

The average map reader probably isn’t too concerned about where map data comes from in the first place but ask any cartographer and they will tell you that there’s more than one way of creating a map.  An existing map can be relatively easily updated of course as it involves checking and editing an existing resource but what about making it from scratch?  It may surprise you to see the transformation that takes place between the inputs and the end result.  Here we look at the different ways of creating the perfect map. Hand drawn information Sometimes the brief for a new map commission is actually provided in the form of a hand drawn sketch or series of sketches as this is perhaps the best means of communicating the requirement in the … Read entire article »

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Bringing a story to life with beautiful maps

Unless you’re lucky enough to be a cartographer for a living, the closest many people will have come to a map may well be in the Geography classroom several years ago or in the car when looking at a roadmap or glancing at the satnav.  Not surprisingly most of us probably think of maps as being essentially functional tools, designed to orientate and help navigate the user from A to B.  However, there is more to maps than this, as some of these beautiful examples show. Geographically accurate maps are still the most commonly used means of vizualising geographic data; they are too often associated with the road atlas or perhaps with Ordnance Survey maps used for weekend walks.  The geographic map will tend to represent map features in their real … Read entire article »

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Map Printing – Digital v Litho

When considering the printing element of a map project, there may be a choice to make between digital and lithographic or ‘litho’ printing. There are several factors which will influence this choice: 1. Quantity of copies required. In terms of the set up time, litho printing is usually more suitable for larger runs, and digital for smaller quantities. 2. Complexity of final product. For a complex publication that has multiple sheets that need collation, for example, into a booklet, digital printing is likely to be more appropriate, as copies can be run in order. Litho printing will run off all copies of one sheet at a time, which will require time to collate off the press. 3. Speed of turnaround. Digital printing has a much quicker set uptime, so printing can start soon … Read entire article »

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Map illustration in secondary education publications

Map illustrations in secondary education publications are a very useful tool to supplement text and to enhance the understanding of a topic. The addition of a map into a textbook must enhance the text description and aid learning. The visual impact of the information portrayed makes data more easily understood and interpreted. Resources for secondary educational publications have to fulfil several criteria: they must be appropriate in content for the age group targeted the content must clearly reflect the specific syllabus map illustration detail must be clear and concise as well as easy to read by students with visual processing issues the map projection used must be familiar, unambiguous and appropriate for the subject matter   The maps should be carefully edited to highlight the relevant information and must be current and factually correct without having too … Read entire article »

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5 Examples of Intuitive Interactive Mapping

Interactive mapping websites should be intuitive so a user can easily get to grips with navigating around the mapping and using tools to interrogate the associated data. For instance: Visitors need to immediately understand the geographic context, and how to find the information they are looking for. Most people know how to use Google Maps and therefore expect to find similar looking tools and controls that they are familiar with. More complex tools, such as those allowing layers of geographic information to be toggled on and off, should be easily accessible and simple to understand limiting the need for instructions. Icons, such as those used to download, link or share information should also be instantly recognisable. Here we look at five interactive mapping websites that have been designed to be intuitive to enable wider public … Read entire article »

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5 Ways Your Organisation Can Utilise the Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer

1. Manage Your Assets For improved management and maintenance efficiencies, create an accurate geographic view of your properties or assets. By relying purely on tabular data, out of date paper maps or local staff knowledge, maintenance can be overlooked which can then prove costly. Using the Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer within a Geographic Information System (GIS) or online web mapping application, you can accurately map assets such as buildings, grass, shrub beds, hard-standing areas, trees and pipes. You can also then compare your mapped data against other datasets as such land registry titles, historical flood risk data or even recent crime statistics. 2. Supply Contractors with Accurate Information When your data is mapped in a digital environment, you can share more accurate data with contractors. Accurate measurements can be taken from your … Read entire article »

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Top 5 Illustrated maps of London

London is one of the most mapped cities in the world, but just to show that there is always something new in the world of mapping, we have selected our 5 favourite illustrated maps of London: 1. London South Bank University This is a simple map, designed to show the location of the University within London. It is clear and easily legible, and is highlighted with illustrations of key buildings, as well as some generic stylised icons associated with London, such as the double decker buses. Map produced by Lovell Johns 2. Bentley Priory Map This illustrated map of London is by Katherine Baxter and shows many features in great detail. The base detail (River Thames, roads, etc) has been squared off and generalised to make the relevant detail more prominent. The use of … Read entire article »

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How to Promote Sustainable Travel

The need to embrace and promote Sustainable Travel as a policy transcends many different types of organisation from public sector employers such as NHS through to large private sector employers. At a local level, sustainable travel measures can potentially influence our everyday lives as councils implement measures to encourage greener forms of leisure and business travel following the Government placing the topic at the heart of transport agenda. This vital free guide explores, in detail, how organisations promote sustainable travel. This guide will help you: Understand legislation, frameworks and available grant streams Discover how to communicate sustainable travel solutions effectively Learn how to develop your travel plan How to influence travel behaviour Fill out this form to download the guide Download By submitting this form you are agreeing to a follow-up from the Lovell Johns team to … Read entire article »

Filed under: MAPit Business, Mapping

How BIDs are using mapping

A BID (Business Improvement District) is a defined geographical area within which the local businesses pay an annual levy for services such as street cleaning, security and promotional marketing of the area. Established in England, Scotland and Wales for over 10 years, the number of BIDs stood at 179 at a recent count. They can be a powerful tool for directly involving local businesses in common activities and allow the business community and local authorities to work together to improve the local trading environment. Members are likely to be made up of people from the local community, each with a vested interest in a local retail outlet or commercial business. These may be retail outlet owners, business people or local council members. As the operational area of a BID tends to … Read entire article »

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How Maps are a Solution to Sustainable Travel

The evidence for the need for increased use of sustainable travel at a local level is compelling. This has led to the Government placing localism at the heart of the transport agenda and influencing Local Government sustainable transport measures. Furthermore, there are essential benefits for large organisations to implement and promote sustainable travel solutions for staff and visitors. Maps are the heart of communicating sustainable travel solutions effectively, but are all too often an afterthought. This vital free guide explores, in detail, how maps should be used throughout the development, promotion and monitoring of sustainable travel solutions. This guide will help you: Understand legislation, frameworks and available grant streams Discover how to communicate sustainable travel solutions effectively using maps Explore comprehensive online delivery options for interactive maps Uncover spatial data resources to aid the development of … Read entire article »

Filed under: MAPit Public Sector, Mapping

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