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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.

(C) Christopher Wesson 2014

Free cartography

Andy Woodruff once wrote an article on free cartography, making the point that our profession is undervalued and issuing the rallying call, …

A better storytelling

Telling a story with a picture, a map and a user scenario. I have been working with our product management team at …

City tourist maps

City breaks took off as a holiday choice, particular for Europeans with the growth of low-cost airlines in the late 1990s. Most city tourists, me included, don’t purchase a map either before they go or even when they arrive. The internet and web maps allows us to plan our trips in advance and upon arrival, whilst technophiles will get out their smartphones or tablets, the rest of us (in my case to avoid roaming charges) seem confident that our hotel, youth hostel, a bar or sightseeing bus company will have a free map that will be adequate for their needs.

I have many examples of such maps and all of them are usable but many only just. They are ‘get by’ maps, mainly produced by graphic designers. Okay they are free, but I believe they can be better.

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