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Typographic Mapping of Surnames: #geomob MAy 2011

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This is a presentation about a number of typographic maps I have been involved in producing using surname data. I presented this at #geomobLDN in May 2011

This is a presentation about a number of typographic maps I have been involved in producing using surname data. I presented this at #geomobLDN in May 2011

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  • 1. Mapping Surnames Typographically
    James Cheshire
    @spatialanalysis
    spatialanalysis.co.uk
    @maplondon
    mappinglondon.co.uk
  • 2. This Talk…
    Why surnames and where did I get them from?
    Typographic maps.
    Combining the two:
    National Geographic Surnames of N. America.
    London Surnames.
    Feedback.
  • 3. Surnames
    Worldnames.publicprofiler.org
    -Surnames (and forenames) for 28 + countries.
    -Allows users to map their surnames.
    -Used as training data to guess surname origins.
  • 4. Standard Applications
  • 5. Typographic Maps
    Credits:
    National Geographic
    Axis Maps
    AV Browne
    Golden Section Graphics
  • 6. National Geographic Surname Map
  • 7.
  • 8.
  • 9. Positive Features
    Simplicity.
    Clear message.
    Understates work required to create it.
  • 10. Things it misses
    Interactivity.
    Detail.
  • 11. Making the London Map
    Unlike NGM no team of designers (+interns)...
    ArcGIS 10 Maplex labeling.
    Creation of rules for font size, colour, location.
    Surnames from Electoral Roll and their origins derived from Onomap.
    OSM Thames, OS Opendata boundaries.
    Used Adobe Illustrator for finishing touches.
    Exported to PNG.
    Biggest challenge was to find the most appropriate geography.
  • 12.
  • 13. Interactive
    15 PNGs tiled the displayed using OpenLayers.
    Users could transition from 1st to 15th most popular surnames.
    2379 unique surnames. > 15,000 labels.
    Pan and Zoom.
    Not georeferenced.
    Thanks to Oliver O’Brien
  • 14. Demo…names.mappinglondon.co.uk
    #FAIL?
    Copyright sKaiHeitz, Flickr
  • 15. Typographic Maps Feedback
  • 16. London Surnames Feedback
    40 seconds average time on website.
    People like controversy:
    When labeling surname origins have to be careful about:
    Colour.
    Wording.
    Categories.
    Can’t please everyone but try to respond to suggestions.
  • 17.
  • 18. Web: casa.ucl.ac.uk
    Email: casa@ucl.ac.uk
  • 19. Thanks
    names.mappinglondon.co.uk
    (james@) spatialanalysis.co.uk