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Hidden styles in OS stylesheets

In the stylesheets the rest of the CartoDesign team and I create at OS, we have offered a default style for more than you might think. Just because countours and boundaries are not shown by default doesn’t necessarily mean that we haven’t done the hard work of styling them for you! Read on to find out more…

(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, …

Draping with OS Terrain

Over the past month at work I have worked on a number of different projects which involved draping maps, geodata and imagery …

Labelling expressions for QGIS 2

Since 2.0, QGIS has allowed expressions to define each of a layer’s property settings. These can be accessed via the dropdown icons …

OS OpenData Masterclasses

Just a quick post to say thank you to all of you who came to learn and share your own knowledge 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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