Canopy Signage

Westmuir Community Woodland Park

Finlaystone Country Estate

Carlisle Park - Morpeth


Map design is a specialised field in itself and there are a number of ways to approach it, depending upon how the map is going to be used and the level of detail which needs to be included.Hirst Park, ashington

Generally, we find that an oblique aerial view with elements like trees brought out in 3D is best as most people find this easier to relate to than a more traditional map.  However, there are many instances when a more straightforward plan is perfectly adequate.

Although it is perfectly possible to reproduce an Ordnance Survey map or similar (depending on copyright), we would normally tend to create new maps for use on a panel, showing only those elements which will be of use to the user.  It should be remembered that few people can carry map detail in their heads for too long and so the simpler it is and the less superfluous detail it includes, the better.

When designing a new map from scratch, it is probably best to conform to colours which people expect to see for certain elements, such as blue for water and green for trees, as this helps people relate to it more quickly.

Orientation is another thing to consider.  As a general principle, we would normally try to keep north to the top as this is the most familiar arrangement.  There are occasions, however, when a case can be made for having the map relate to the way you are facing, particularly at a viewing point.  It should be born in mind that if a series of panels is to be produced, there would be extra costs in producing individual maps for each location, in comparison to a more generic map with “You Are Here” markers.

We tend to design maps working from a combination of OS maps (we have a licence to do this) and aerial photographs (easily found on the internet) which enable us to fill in all the detail we need.

For more example please visit our maps gallery (here)