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.
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.
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.
Tell us about the map era that you chose
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?
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.
OS Maps night mode map
We 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.
We 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.
But 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.
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.
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.
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.
Guest post by summer intern, Jessica Fisher
Under the banner of OS OpenData are over a dozen products which vary in format, scale and design to offer the greatest flexibility and usability possible. These products are all freely downloadable from our OS website – and now there are new start-up guides to using a number of the products.