Services

Jason has spent 30 years of working in cartography (making maps), graphic and information design. This has covered feasibility studies, concept development, design, production and project management — applied within the fields of transportation (transport information systems), town planning, urban design, architecture, wayfinding, publishing and in most recent times, for digital applications. His experience has covered a wide range of outputs from tiling murals for a public car park to a 400-page printed public consultation ‘toolkit’.

The broad areas of his offer cover:

  • Cartographic design and production
  • Illustration
  • Information design
  • Information planning
  • Graphic design

His experience covers, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Visitor and tourist maps
  • Street maps
  • Wayfinding maps
  • Location plans
  • Walking maps
  • Transport networkmaps
  • Town planning maps
  • Proposal Maps
  • GIS analysis maps
  • Masterplans
  • Land use plans
  • Campus maps
  • Facility maps
  • Maps for publications
  • Maps for board games
  • Park and reserve maps

He uses a range of tools to achieve the desired solutions, including Adobe Illustrator, Cartographica GIS, QGIS, Ortelius, Affinity Designer, SketchUp and numerous other specialist utilities. He is also gaining wider understanding of new tools and frameworks aimed at online and app-based solutions, including Mapbox, Kartograph, D3.js, R and Python.

His experience also covers feasibility studies, proposal submission, concept development, design, production and project management, including ISO 9001, the internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS). As such, he also offers these related advisory and practice-based services:

  • Design research / discovery
  • Design direction
  • Visual audits
  • Feasibility studies
  • Proposition development
  • Proposal submission
  • Project management

A resumé, specific terms and conditions (T&Cs) of engagement and his professional practice note are available on request. He has worked for a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors, a selection of which are to be found here. Jason is happy to talk freely about how he might be able to help, so drop him a line.

Illustreets

No sooner had I picked up on one new online mapping framework, the OS Open Zoomstack, than another appears! Illustreets follows the usual formula, but with each new framework that gets released

OS Open Zoomstack

The world of online mapping frameworks moves apace! Now, even the monolithic mapping organisation, the Ordnance Survey, is involved. In July, they launched OS Open Zoomstack, providing vector tiles of their open data themes.

Hotel Visitor Map

Development work for a hotel visitor map, unrealised. Simplified approach to make the most of a small A5 printed format. The design reflected brand identity guidelines and needed to be dual language.

Planning Support

Throughout his career Jason has provided supporting services to chartered town and country planning companies and organisations. This has included everything from simple red line plans through to Design and Access Statement documents.

Visual Thinking

Having been embedded within graphic design and cartography for 30 years now, one recurring disappointment for me is the amount of ‘new’ conceptual and theoretical thinking, and object creation, that really is not new.

kepler.gl

Uber—who would thought—have released kepler.gl, an open-source geospatial toolbox. It’s designed to provide the easiest way of visualising geospatial data and gaining useful insights.

Beyond HS2

This project, commissioned by Greengauge 21, required a mix of maps, infographics and DTP to create a 200-page technical report which offers a comprehensive view of what Britain’s railway should look like by the middle of the century.

Google Earth

When it was first released 16 years ago, it was incredible being able to travel around the globe and look at anywhere in a level of detail previously not seen, and it still is today!

National Geographic

Since the very first issue in 1888, the National Geographic magazine has been the benchmark for quality researched articles supported by well-crafted graphics.

South African Game Reserve

A land owner in South Africa commissioned Jason to design and produce a map that depicted their 27,000 ha game reserve.

Goldsmiths University

Goldsmiths, University of London, commissioned Jason to create a new campus map and sign artwork

Square Up Mural

Square Up contacted Jason for ideas to decorate a reception wall for a new London HQ.

Heightfields

There is always an aspect of work that emerges out of error, experimentation and/or serendipity.

Bay Area Bike Share

Leading wayfinding practitioners, City ID, asked Jason to help develop the cartography for the Bay Area Bike Share project in San Francisco, USA.

Big Data Visualisation

Visualisations of ‘big data’ have been commonplace over the last few years, though their is still much debate to be had about the value of many of them beyond their visually interesting presentation.

A Monitor for a Cartographer?

Screen estate and colour are very important to a cartographer. Maps can be any size from A6 to more than 5m×5m square.

Ham & Petersham

Nick Avery Design commissioned Jason to produce a supporting map for a book designed for self-publishing author, Vanessa Fison.

An Open-source World

Over the last few years we have seen the release of numerous mapping platforms/frameworks to allow the manipulation and representation of open-source mapping and other spatial data.

OS Maps – the App

Recently, the Ordnance Survey (OS) updated an app for both mobile and desktop devices that utilises their 1:25,000 Explorer and 1:50,000 Landranger maps—classic OS mapping at it’s best.

Swiss National Mapping

Swiss topography has long been regarded as the epitome of this form of mapping, often characterised by the iconic hill shading techniques of the late Eduard Imhof, professor of cartography at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Derby Riverside

derby01_lrg

Engaged by Derby City Council (DCC), Jason has designed and produced the mapping for four new wayfinding signs.

Relief Shading, Part I

As we seem to be moving in to presentational modes where 3D (mapping) is becoming ever more commonplace, enabled by software and hardware advances, it is relevant to look back

Walks of Churchill Guide

Jason was commissioned by Nick Avery Design to design and produce two maps to be used in a walking tour guide on Winston Churchill.

Zombies, Run! Board Game

A rather unusual request arrived from Six to Start, an independent games developer and entertainment company based in London.

Samlesbury Hall

Jason was engaged by Samlesbury Hall Trust, who maintain and run the historic house and grounds in Lancashire of the same name, to re-design and produce a new visitor plan and accompanying floorplans.

Waddesdon Manor

Engaged by The Rothschild Foundation, Jason was asked to re-design and produce a new visitor map for their impressive and extensive National Trust property and grounds in Buckinghamshire, Waddesdon Manor.

Knowledge Quarter

Commissioned by brand design consultancy, Piers & Dominic, Jason designed and produced a simplified map of the area covered by the Knowledge Quarter, London.

Bologna, Italy

Extract from the wayfinding map of Bologna, Italy

Jason was commissioned by international transport consultants, Steer Davies Gleave, to design and develop the cartography and pictograms for a new wayfinding system for the historic Italian city of Bologna.