Mapping

Cartography—the discipline of making maps—has a long and rich history. It’s tools and techniques have been well developed over hundreds of years, arguably thousands of years. Today, mapping is experiencing a clear ascendancy, with numerous (digital) tools enabling the mediation of all kinds of spatially-referenced data.

This resurgence is made possible by the increasing number of readily available (democratised) tools for the practice of mapping, such as Mapbox, Leaflet, Kartograph, CARTO and numerous other libraries and frameworks. We also have access to unprecedented levels of data, often projected on top of Google Maps and the open source project, OpenStreetMap.

It has become clear that there is significant transformation taking place and it’s been necessary to (re)define cartography over and over again as technology advances. It’s become fundamental to many new disciplines and fields such as spatial information design, communicative environments, landscape urbanism and geo-visualisation. However, many seem to have forgone the historical and theoretical lessons of cartography—realising ‘new’ approaches and techniques that are in fact not new at all—but 10/10 for effort and promoting mapping.

When Jason first trained as a cartographer, he learnt to create maps by hand with rOtring and Staedtler pens, rub-down lettering, self-adhesive tints, patterns and tapes—even scribing film. Technology has made workflow so much easier these days, releasing you of all those tightly constrained production and reproduction restrictions—but more importantly—enabling seemingly endless representational opportunities!

It’s a great time to be creating maps!

What maps could Jason produce for you? In a nutshell, anything—just ask. From simple business location maps to complex transport infrastructure networks; decorative rural estate plans to city-wide pedestrian wayfinding maps; and choropleth maps to ‘big data’ map-based visualisations. The maps find homes in books, on street signs and on digital devices. Almost any media can be a substrate for reproduction, from water-proof non-tearing paper to vitreous enamelled metal panels.

Derby Riverside Mapping

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Engaged by Derby City Council in August 2016, Jason has designed and produced the mapping for four new wayfinding signs.

Walks of Churchill

In August, 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! Map

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

Samlesbury Hall Plans

In May, 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 grounds/visitor plan and accompanying floorplans.

Waddesdon Manor Visitor Map

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.

City Wayfinding for Bologna

Extract from the wayfinding map of Bologna, Italy

In spring 2015, 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.

Hampton School Sports Fields Plan

Jason was commissioned by Hampton School, an independent boys school with a 450-year history, to design and produce a sports field plan that could be used in print and on-screen.

Access to Services

Greengauge 21 needed Jason to produce a series of maps produced derived from the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (2014) data to facilitate an analysis with specific rail services in north Wales.

Coventry Interactive Totems

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Engaged by One Digital Solutions, Jason developed existing cartography and created 3D illustrations for use on interactive wayfinding totems in the city centre.

We are moving…

Ocassionally, projects are a little less serious and light-hearted—providing a much-needed respite.

Millfield School Site Plan

Millfield School Site Plan

Jason was commissioned by Smith & Milton Bristol to produce a simplified topographic site plan for Millfield School, a facility with extensive grounds and resources.

Space Interface

Jason was pleased to be able to assist architect and conceptual artist, Mathew Emmett, with his first overseas art exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Aldershot Advertising Totems

Engaged by One Digital Solutions, Jason designed and developed the cartography and 3D landmark assets for use on interactive advertising totems in the town centre.

Pictograms for Maps

Pictogram samples

Pictograms are used widely on maps, especially those developed for wayfinding. Across many projects, Jason has designed and created pictograms for use on such maps.

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Edgbaston

As a continuation of the Interconnect Birmingham project, Jason was engaged by City ID to develop the base mapping for the Edgbaston area of Birmingham.

Edinburgh BioQuarter

Engaged by Ironside Farrar (Landscape Architects, Environmental Planners and Civil Engineers) at the beginning of 2014, Jason provided wayfinding, information design, graphic design, cartographic and illustrative input in to this emerging landmark life science development

Moscow Unified Wayfinding System

At the end of 2013, Jason was engaged by City ID, leading urbanists and wayfinding practitioners, to assist them on their latest ‘legible city’ project. After their work in New York, City ID were engaged to unify, and make ‘legible’, Moscow’s extensive public transport network.