A fantastic way to inspire a love of cartography at an early age, have you heard of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017? Barbara was a leading cartographer whose work related to children. In her memory, the International Cartographic Association holds a biennial competition.
2015 overall winner: The world in our hands by Pan Sin Yi (aged 15)
Colour is one of the main graphic elements that a cartographer uses to make their map clear to read. Amongst other things we use colour to create familiarity, to differentiate features and to create a clear visual hierarchy. There are many things we can do to the features on our maps to change their appearance and many techniques we can apply to adjust the colours. Adjusting opacity levels and applying blend modes are the two techniques that we will explore in this post and we will look at some examples of how we can use them together to create effective visualisations.
Recently we wrote about a British Cartographic Society (BCS) event hosted at our head office, ‘Better Mapping with QGIS’. The one day event saw a mixture of presentations and an afternoon workshop, led by cartographic and industry experts. The culmination of the workshop was a map challenge and we are now pleased to announce the winner!
Congratulations to Steve Richardson who produced this excellent map showing Indices of Multiple Deprivation in Southampton:
Click the image to see a larger version as a PDF
The challenge was to use open data that had been supplied to create a suitable basemap, and then introduce an additional layer from another open source. Mary Spence MBE had earlier introduced the principles of cartographic design and delegates were encouraged to put these into practice when creating their maps.
We recently hosted a British Cartographic Society (BCS) event at our head office, ‘Better Mapping with QGIS’. It was a one day event that introduced the fundamentals of cartographic design and culminated in a hands-on QGIS workshop.
We were thrilled to have a packed lecture theatre and the day kicked off with Alex Kent, President of the BCS, welcoming everyone and introducing the agenda for the day. Brief presentations about open data and open source software followed before Mary Spence MBE, past president of the BCS, discussed the fundamentals of cartographic design. Mary took the audience on a tour through great maps and what makes them work, balanced against examples of poor maps and why they don’t before introducing the basic design principles that should be considered.
Former Southampton FC legend Francis Benali is now over half-way through his amazing challenge to visit all 44 Premier League and Championship grounds in 14 days. As you read this he will have visited 26 stadiums and covered 800 gruelling miles all in aid of raising £1 million for Cancer Research UK.
We recently collaborated with YHA to create a stunning new display for their Youth Hostel in Castleton. The display offers visitors a variety of routes to help them #GetOutside and explore the stunning countryside that surrounds the hostel.
At the centre of the display is a large 3D contour map of the area which contains some topographic detail and local points of interest. There are six routes shown on the map using coloured pins and string which makes for a really striking, tactile display.
After months of planning the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) joint conference finally took place this month. Through my new role as program chair to the BCS it’s my role to organise and deliver the conference. No pressure then. Paul Naylor, Carto Design team.
Called Mapping on the Edge, the event promised an inspirational collection of presentations and workshops, the annual BCS awards ceremony and a corporate members exhibition. As sponsors, we were bold in our presence at the exhibition, displaying OS Maps using our impressive collection of trig pillars.
Mapping the Edge 2016. Photo by Martin Lubikowski
Events got underway with a free full-day workshop hosted and sponsored by ESRI. The workshop, Better Mapping with ArcGIS was hosted by and Ken Field from ESRI with a focus on how to create high quality cartography within ArcGIS. Ken also looked at how to get the best out of ArcGIS Desktop and Online, as well as some of the new tool and technique offerings such as vector tiles and 3D.
Next weekend marks 50 years since England won the football World Cup. Held at Wembley Stadium on 30 July 1966, the team’s famous 4-2 victory over Germany saw them holding aloft the Jules Rimet trophy.
Following England’s early and disappointing exit from this summer’s Euros, football fanatic Paul Naylor, a member of the OS cartography team that this year has already mapped Mars and created data visualisations of Britain’s most trodden paths, was faced with a sudden gap in his evenings. Paul and England’s loss is our gain, because he used this time to put together an interactive map celebrating England’s 1966 World Cup winning achievement. Click the links to watch highlights of the games, find out more about the grounds used in the tournament and, most importantly of all, learn about those English players who one glorious summer fifty years ago captured football’s greatest prize.
Alternatively, visit our Flickr page to see the image in more detail, or download a copy.
Update: Now available in the OS Shop
It’s been almost a year since we created a series of downloadable colouring-in maps, and we’re thrilled to be able to tell you that there’s a book of OS maps to colour being released this autumn. We teamed up with Laurence King Publishing to work on the new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain.
The book will take you on an immersive colouring-in journey around Great Britain, from the coasts and forests to our towns and countryside. Expect to see iconic cities, recognisable tourist spots and historical locations across England, Scotland and Wales via the 55 illustrations. The Great British Colouring Map also includes a stunning gatefold of London. We can’t wait to share it with you – it will be on shelves in October.
You may have heard us saying that there are over 500,000 routes in our OS Maps service…well, we’ve been analysing all of that data to look at which areas you most like to #GetOutside and explore. We’ve compiled a list of the 20 most popular grid squares in Britain, using 10 years of public routing data compiled in OS Maps and its predecessors.