All about mapping right now

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All about mapping right now

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All about mapping right now

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I’m currently working on a handful of map-based projects for clients.

Two of them are using Tableau to create maps about funding in relation to demographic information. I’m leaning heavily on Mapbox (https://www.mapbox.com) to create personalised maps
The other is a map-based infographic for a new educational client (HINT: a well known top-notch University!)

(note the image above is NOT my map – more on that later)

We have 8/9 key statistics to get across, each of them relating to different groups at the University – e.g. The students, the staff, spin-out businesses etc.

The aim of the map is to highlight the connections with the local community so I’ve decided to put these on a stylised map – with the statistic connected to an area associated with those people e.g. The mainstudent living areas.

The risk now is to avoid the map turning into just a map – as there is a desire to add more locations attatched to the wider project.

I’ve been exploring vairous approaches to the map

> flat
> stylised
> computer-game style

I have come across a great app (http://ift.tt/2ntpUke) that turns any area into a Sims style world – great fun but probably not overly helpful for this project.

Watch this space


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Caroline Beavon

A communication professional with 12 years journalism experience and a genuine passion for new technologies. An experienced blogger and social media user

"I’ve enjoyed working with Caroline on a data visualisation project for a complex £1.5m government funded programme running across Birmingham and Leicester. It’s been a high pressure programme with tough targets to meet, so finding the time to collect and make sense of all the data, from a range of sources, has been difficult. With Caroline’s help we managed to prioritise the key information and she then presented it in a clear, easy to grasp manner. Just what we needed. I found her dedicated, easy to work with and very fair on pricing. I would happily work with her again and I commend her and her work to you" Dave Conroy, Programme Manager, Timebank