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