Over the last couple of years we have been developing and applying our new corporate map styles which provide visual consistency to our portfolio of digital maps. These new styles have been applied to our OS VectorMap products and stylesheets are supplied for our vector products.
We have developed a full colour style and a backdrop style, with the latter being designed for contextual basemaps that facilitate data overlays. We have applied an element of colour science to ensure that all map features take their place within a clear visual hierarchy whereby the features deemed most important will be perceived first. This means that if you convert our raster products to greyscale, the visual hierarchy is still maintained.
OS VectorMap Local backdrop colour raster converted to greyscale: The visual hierarchy is maintained
Are you planning a visit to the Dorset coast? We recently came across iCoast, a map-based website that presents coastal and marine recreational information in Dorset. It uses a range of Ordnance Survey mapping products and services to show information on 26 different recreational activities – from diving to fossil hunting.
You can quickly find interesting things to see and do, alongside viewing practical information such as transport links, weather forecasts and the location of visitor centres. Most importantly, codes of conduct are attached to all the activities so that you can use the Dorset coast safely and sustainably.
It won’t have escaped the notice of some of you that we’re rapidly approaching the first birthday of OS OpenData (has it really been a whole year?!) So with that in mind, we’re very pleased to be able to announce that OS VectorMap District has graduated from an alpha to a beta release and is now available to download and order.
Consider it an early birthday gift from us, to you.
OS VectorMap District made its debut as part of OS OpenData last year, designed specifically for displaying third part information on the web (like our Blitz map last year), and when in its vector format, as a customisable backdrop map. It was an alpha release and by no means the finished article, so based on your feedback the new beta version boasts new content and a range of improvements.