Friday 15 March 2013

You Are Here

I had a lovely fleeting trip to London yesterday to do my talk for the British Cartographic Society event at SteerDaviesGleeves. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a very enjoyable day full of enthusiasm and inspiration for maps. I was one of 7 speakers who talked about a huge variety of map based topics and projects. My talk was entitled 'From Surfing to Porpoises: Typography as a Mapping Tool' and I talked about type and my relationship with and use of type, how the maps came about, how I worked on them, problems and challenges which arose and how the choice of hand drawn type affected the outcome of them (it went a little more in-depth than that but you get the idea...).
Other talks featured Smell Mapping by Kate Mclean, 'Multiple Maps of the Videogames' by Dr Alison Gazzard, Mapping the Community by Artist and Sculptor Anya Beaumont and Media Map Design by Prof. Peter Vujakovic. Such a variety of topics but with many common threads running through. At the end of the day we realised just how personal maps can be and the attachments which we have with all maps.
After a day in one room concentrating it was great to get some fresh air with a walk along the South Bank, late afternoon tea at the Tate Modern cafe and then a spot of book shopping in the Tate shop. Then back home to rural Yorkshire after my day in the city!

Apologies for the slightly blurry photos - I only had my phone with me and I don't seem to be very good at using it!

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