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Types of Map Projections

Have you ever stood in front of a map and glanced down at the words ‘Mercator projection’ or Lambert Conformal Conic projection’?  Have you seen an unusually shaped representation of the Earth in a book and wondered why this might be?  Or perhaps you recall from a geography class at school that there are different map projections, perhaps vaguely aware that there is more than one way of representing the Earth. Because the Earth is not flat but spheroid in shape, a translation process must take place in order to portray the curved surface of the earth on a flat surface such as a printed map of the world or a computer screen.  So essentially a map projection is an arithmetic formula developed to deal with the problem of how to … Read entire article »

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A Day in the Life of a Cartographer

As a cartographer at Lovell Johns, no two days are the same, so I will try to describe an average day. 8.15am My day starts the same as most – checking on e-mails from the night before, and catching up on any resultant actions, such as checking on progress of work or answering any customer queries. 9.30am Time to talk a project through with one of the team – any of the staff at Lovell Johns will lead on a task and take responsibility for the work, overseen by myself where appropriate. We may need to discuss progress, or any clarification we need on styling or design issues, as well as the way forwards on any project. 10am Check some printed pages for an atlas. I will be checking that corrections have been … Read entire article »

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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 »

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