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Cartography

7
Jul
2016
4

Britain’s most popular routes

When we started to analyse the 500,000 plus routes in our OS Maps service, it was no surprise to us that the Lake District would top the table as the nation’s favourite place to #GetOutside. But we were also interested in the urban walks that inspire exploration. Our Cartographic Designer, Charley Glynn, extracted all of the public route information and created a series of stunning data visualisations to showcase town and city route favourites.

The ten cities and towns in Britain with the most routes in OS Maps

The ten cities and towns in Britain with the most routes in OS Maps

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4
Jul
2016
4

Recreating historic maps: interview with Charley Glynn

We recently celebrated our 225th anniversary and shared with you two new maps created by our Cartographic Design team. Chris and Charley took inspiration from map styles in our history and used current OS data to recreate the look and feel. Charley chose a 1960s map of the Western Highlands of Scotland. We catch up with him to find out how he went about the challenge.

Charley's map

Charley’s map

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27
Jun
2016
1

Recreating historic maps: interview with Christopher Wesson

Last week we celebrated our 225th anniversary and shared with you two new maps created by our Cartographic Design team. Chris and Charley took inspiration from map styles in our history and used current OS data to recreate the look and feel. Chris chose early 19th century OS maps and decided to recreate the urban environment of London. We catch up with him to find out how he went about the challenge.

Chris' London map

Chris’ London map

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21
Jun
2016
6

Celebrating 225 years with new (old) maps!

Did you know we’re 225 years old today? On 21 June 1791, the Board of Ordnance purchased a Ramsden theodolite, now seen as the foundation of OS, to survey Britain and protect from a French invasion. Ten years later we published the first OS map of Kent and have continued to map the country and provide data for Great Britain (and beyond – did you see the Mars map?) ever since. What better way to celebrate than with two new maps, created in a historic style?

1800s Kent

1800s Kent by William Mudge

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28
Jan
2016
2

Latest maps from Cartographic Design team

Following on from yesterday’s feature on our Cartographic Design Consultant Charley Glynn, we wanted to share some recent examples of work from the Cartographic Design team.

Youth Hostel Association map

Working with the Youth Hostel Association we were asked to produce a large wall map that was to be used as part of a campaign to encourage people to explore the Dark and White Peaks.

The map would be simple and would need to depict 6 carefully selected walking, running and cycling routes and the terrain around them.

The image below is essentially work in progress as the finished product will see the image be used by the YHA to cut out the layers making up the terrain from wood. The routes will then be added using pins and string. We’re really looking forward to seeing it up on display.

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OS Maps night mode map

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27
Jan
2016
1

Charley Glynn – a geo-professional to keep your eye on

charleyglynnWe were thrilled to see our very own Charley Glynn feature in xyHT‘s list of geo-professionals under 40 to watch out for this month. We’ve caught up with Charley to find out what he makes of it too.

How do you feel about being chosen by xyHt as one of the geo-professionals under 40 years of age to watch?

I was extremely honoured to have been nominated so to be chosen for the final 40 is fantastic! When I look at the other 39 people and what they have achieved in their careers I am very proud to be named amongst them. I feel like I am on the list representing Ordnance Survey and Maptime but also representing cartography – there are lots of great cartographers at the moment doing incredible work. Read More

13
Jan
2016
2

Celebrating maps as art

IMG_1197We all know and love a map around here – and they’re well known for being handy navigational tools, or for providing a basis for making analytical decisions, but they’re also a pleasure to look at. We know from some of the giveaways we’ve had over the last year that there are plenty of you out there who like map products – from a Rubiks Cube to deckchairs to cycle jerseys.

IMG_0719But aside from promotional items, maps are also widely used as inspiration for artworks. We’ve spotted some great artists using maps in their work recently and wanted to share some with you.

 

Tony Davis

It was Tony’s work that kick-started our thoughts on map art. The Unstlanders from the Hsteland island of Unst have always claimed that their island was the inspiration behind Treasure Island when Robert Louis Stevenson drew his map. Tony was himself intrigued by the links between fictional and real maps and has set about transforming an OS map of Unst into the world of Treasure Island. Take a look at Tony’s website to see how he’s getting on.

Unst

Unst

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3
Nov
2015
13

New OS map symbols make it into print

If you cast your minds back to the early summer, you may remember the map symbol competition hosted on The One Show. From thousands of fantastic entries spread across 10 categories we chose 6 winning symbols to be added to our maps. And then the hard work started. Getting the new symbols added to our maps…so it was with great excitement that I had a sneak peek at our revised OS Tour Map series and saw the first new map symbols to actually be printed on the map.

One Show map symbol competition winners

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23
Sep
2015
1

Mapping Together

This month saw the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) join forces in York to host Mapping Together, the first joint conference since 2003. This event contained an inspirational collection of presentations and workshops, the annual BCS awards ceremony and a corporate members exhibition. OS were Platinum sponsors once again – hosted workshops, presented and also sponsored an award. We were well represented at the event with six colleagues in attendance, including Cartographic Design Consultant Paul Naylor who is also a member of the BCS organising committee.

Mapping Together: A packed conference room

Mapping Together: A packed conference room

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