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Okay to design small but always think big

Cartographic design is rapidly evolving. It is no longer sufficient to just make a map. We must understand the value of the data and the importance of what could be achieved if everybody can access, visualise and understand that information.

Wall maps of ‘The World’

From school classrooms to children’s bedrooms, wall maps remain one of the most engaging forms of geographic visualisation for children and for adults alike. Unlike say an atlas or even anything tablet-based, a wall map draws attention and encourages exploration and I believe its accessibility is quite unique.

High-contrast mapping

When I was tasked with creating a new location map or ‘How to Find Us’ map for OS, I realised I could show far more detail whilst making it look like less and be easier to read and mentally route along. The idea of high contrast maps was born.


The 27th International Cartographic Conference took place in Rio de Janeiro from 24th to 28th August and I was lucky enough to …

The Fox and Tumulus

I recently read an article by Tom Cox at The Guardian on his preference for paper maps over satellite navigation devices, citing his adoration for OS maps.
So, who better to debate this topic than an OS cartographer with a fondness for maps in their digital form, I thought.


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