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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 »

Filed under: Mapping

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 »

Filed under: MAPit Business, Mapping

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

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book fair in the world; every October thousands of publishers from around the world gather together to exhibit their new titles and to look at how to sell or license their content across different markets. Alongside the publishers are all of the supporting companies who offer complimentary services to the publishing industry such as book printing and book distribution. For 20+ years Lovell Johns has attended the fair to showcase the map making services and cartographic products we can offer and more recently we have focused on featuring our own products. We pre-arrange and schedule around 20-25 meetings over the three days to make sure we meet our main clients. In any free time we have, we try to look around the fair to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping

The Mercator Projection – How interactive maps can wrongly influence our perception of the world

A map projection is an attempt to portray the surface of the earth onto a flat surface. It is impossible to do this without some distortions of conformality, distance, direction and/or scale. The most famous map projection is without doubt the Mercator projection. Mention Mercator to a cartographer and you are likely to be at the receiving end of a rant about distortion and land mass, yet Mercator is the map projection of choice for web-based mapping services such as Google Maps. This article looks into why the Mercator projection is both popular and controversial.   The Mercator projection was presented by the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. The projection conserves angles with the meridians. This means that if a navigational path is defined as a constant bearing measured relative to north, the path will be represented as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping

GIS Data Capture Records

In its broadest sense the term ‘data capture’ refers to any process whereby information is collected in some way for use within an IT environment.  This is usually undertaken for reasons of improved data experience such as being able to handle data in soft copy on a computer when previously handled as hard copy as paper records. Data capture in a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) context is essentially the processing of any information which has a spatial or geographic element, typically maps. The process includes scanning maps into a raster format and then capturing individual features as ‘vector data’. This consists of capturing specific geographic features as sets of coordinates (point, line or polygon), together with necessary attribute information. Vector data can be used in a GIS or web environment for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping

Attracting Prospective Students with Campus Maps

This is the time of year when parents are dropping off their children to start at university or college. As well as the requisite belongings and cans of food, an essential piece of kit is a campus map to show students around their new surroundings. A campus map may be used by students, both current and prospective, visitors and staff. The map should be welcoming and informative, and aid navigation around the site. The map base will usually be street level, dependent on the size of the campus area and the spread of buildings, but needs to be sufficient to show access between sites. Colours used in a campus map can be bright and engaging, but also bring in elements of the corporate styling used for the college. The layout should be clear … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mapping

Three Peaks Challenge – Our Story

Weekend 19th September The Lovell Johns team took part in the infamous Three Peaks Challenge, scaling the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within 24 hours. Eleven of us took part with two extra support drivers.   The Day Before – Two (buses) become one The team set off from our offices in Oxfordshire Friday mid-morning to avoid traffic. We hired two good sized minibuses for the journey in the belief we all would have plenty of room to rest and change clothes.  The mood was good on the minibus and there was plenty of anticipation and good humoured banter between myself, Neill and Symon. We made good progress on the drive up and stopped in Tyndrum for pizzas. This is where we learnt the other minibus wasn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lovell Johns @ 50

Rugby Union World Cup – Popularity by country!

This world map shows the popularity of the rugby union world cup by number of players relative to population in each country. It is really interesting to see that the countries with the highest popularity (in terms of participating players relative to population) are Tonga, Samoa and Fiji in the South Pacific. The player numbers are just indicative of actual participation. They are the numbers that are registered with each national rugby union. The shape of the map has been made to look like a rugby ball. Our cartographers did this by using an oval shape projection called the Mollweide projection. This is an equal area projection meaning the relative areas of countries are accurately depicted. The central meridian of this map has been moved 40 degrees east from the greenwich meridian to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Visualisation Maps

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