Pictograms for Maps

Pictograms work best when they reflect the graphic and typographic language of the map

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

There are already many established standard pictograms, which should be employed to reinforce understanding and improve communication, and/or because they communicate vital safety or hazards warnings.

Ideally, pictograms should reflect the typographic and graphic vocabulary of the mapping. This helps strengthens the overall image (brand). The pictograms should therefore reflect the geometric attributes of the employed typeface, and thus appear to be part of the typeface family. It’s the kind of detail that ‘finishes’ a map.

This is a fascinating, and often over-looked task, which in itself mirrors cartographic design.

Lead: Various
Role: Information design and illustration
Client: Various

Rail/Bus Connectivity Map

Map showing rail/bus connectivity in the West of England (extracted as spread from distributed document)

Greengauge 21 champion high-speed rail on a day-to-day basis, but they also look to reveal other opportunities to improve public transport provision. [ … ]

Beyond HS2 Graphics

Chord diagram to demonstrate rail connectivity between UK cities

Commissioned by Greengauge 21, high-speed rail ‘champions’, Yellowfields created a mix of maps and infographics for a 200-page technical report which offers a comprehensive view of what Britain’s railway should look like by the middle of the century. [ … ]

Game Reserve Map

Extract from a map created for a South African game reserve

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

Campus Plan

Example ‘heads-up’ map panel used on one of the wayfinding totems on the Goldsmiths University campus

Goldsmiths, University of London, commissioned Yellowfields to create a new campus map and sign artwork [ … ]

Square Up Wall Map

Extract from the wall map created for Square Up to use in their London HQ reception area

Square Up, a global financial services company, contacted Yellowfields to create a map-based artwork to cover a wall in their London HQ reception area. [ … ]

Bay Area Bike Share Maps

First concept extract of on-street mapping created for the Bay Area Bike Share Scheme, San Francisco, directed by City ID

Leading wayfinding practitioners, City ID, asked Jason to help create the base cartography for the Bay Area Bike Share project in San Francisco, USA. [ … ]

Ham & Petersham Map

Map developed for a book, adhering to typographic and graphic styles

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

Town Planning Graphics

Example document spread from a planning site promotion document

Starting with the first ever project, Yellowfields has provided supporting services to chartered town and country planning organisations. This has included planning application plans, Supporting Planning Statements (SPS) and Design and Access Statement documents (DAS). [ … ]

Riverside Wayfinding Map

Extract of mapping, including 3D landmarks, developed for Derby City Council for on-street wayfinding

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

Walks of Churchill Map

Map developed for a book, adhering to typographic and graphic styles

Yellowfields 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

Imaginary geography created for a board game, ’Zombies, Run!’

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

Mapping Samlesbury Hall

Extract of the visitor map created for Samlesbury Hall Trust

Yellowfields 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 map and accompanying floorplans. [ … ]

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