DAVID McCUTCHEON       Cartographer extraordinaire,           FBCart.S | DVD Maps            Tel 07990 580357          dav...
Born and raised in Cape Town, I began my creative                                     studies at school where I enrolled i...
who is                                                                                               1    2   3    4    5O...
A rather amusing, yet very flattering, note froma snippet from the imprint                                                 ...
before                                                              after I was part of both the clean-up and corrections ...
in the newsThe brief Supply 1 outline map, 1 locator map, 29 chapter maps and update 12 town plans Convert original data f...
South Africa by RoadA Regional Guide“South Africa by Road: A Regional Guideis more than a mere travel guide; it is acompre...
Kenya - The Beautiful     “Kenya – The Beautiful guides the reader on a journey through           The brief     each of th...
Paths to Pubs:                                        A Guide to Hikes and Pints in the Cape Peninsula                    ...
La Mosca The Target                                                                           “The Target is an exciting c...
above: Card design for The Target game map                                              below: Multilingual Hong Kong 720x...
before     after                                                                    The brief - DK maps                   ...
The brief - InterContinental Hotels Group                                                     Organise layers and data    ...
In 2009, David McCutcheon, ex-Production Manager at Lovell                                                           Johns...
The brief - Bradt new maps                                    The brief - Bradt conversions Use the hand-drawn notes on th...
The brief - Lazarsigns brochure                                                         Design a brochure that can be emai...
contactable    references         DAVID McCUTCHEON       Cartographer extraordinaire,           FBCart.S | DVD Maps       ...
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  1. 1. DAVID McCUTCHEON Cartographer extraordinaire, FBCart.S | DVD Maps Tel 07990 580357 david@dvdmaps.co.uk www.dvdmaps.co.uk ROELIEN THERONManaging Editor | Struik Travel and Heritage Tel +27 (0)21 460 5400 roelient@randomstruik.co.za www.randomstruik.co.za contactable Liezel Bohdanowicz MAPPING PORTFOLIO references KRISTOF VAN DEN BRANDEN Managing Director | La Mosca Tel +32 478 88 30 13 kristof@lamosca.be www.lamosca.be GORDON CHEERS Managing Director | Millennium House Tel (612) 9817 4971 gcheers@millenniumhouse.com.au www.millenniumhouse.com.au
  2. 2. Born and raised in Cape Town, I began my creative studies at school where I enrolled in an art academy in the afternoons. Here I studied art history, textile Portfolio contents and fibre art design for 4 years. I wanted to become pg1-2 ABOUT ME a Textile Designer. Between 1997 and 1998, I studied pg3-4 MILLENNIUM HOUSE Textile Design at the local technikon for a further 2 Name pg5-8 RANDOM HOUSE STRUIK Liezel Bohdanowicz years. I was yearning for work experience and quite pg9-10 LA MOSCA THE TARGET honestly, I had had enough of fabric. I did however DOB pg11-12 LOVELL JOHNS UK pick up photoshop and professional design practice 05031979 skills while on the diploma course. I wanted to pg13-14 DVDMAPS Tel change my career and decided against another 2 pg15 OTHER WORK +27 (0)21 9031678 years at college. As a stepping stone, while pg16 REFERENCES Mobile deciding on the perfect career direction, I enrolled +27 (0)79 194 0163 at a college where I studied the intricacies of Mobile becoming a really good secretary. I was fortunate liezel@oremantis.com enough to find a job at an advertising agency where timeline Location I learnt valuable skills about the admin behind the Cape Town, South Africa creative industry. During my time at the ad agency, 1985 – 1999 I enrolled in a web design course, evening classes. educationI learnt how to design a web site and web-friendly graphics. Towards the end of 2002,I applied for a junior map editing position at Struik Publishers, Special Projects 2000 – 2002 Office Secretary & PAdepartment. The department worked on exclusive projects contracted by Struik’s sister at an advertising agencycompany - Lovell Johns UK.When I applied for this job, I had no idea about the passionate and totally obsessive 2002 – 2004relationship I would develop with maps. After only two days on the new job I knew that Digital Cartographer at Struik Publishers Special Projectsmy true career calling was standing right in front of me. I worked hard, training on thejob, staying late to practice what I had learnt about mapping everyday. I worked at aninternet cafe some nights to supplement my income - as we all know, a junior map 2004 – 2005editor must be penny wise. Research Editor at Struik Publishers MapstudioIn 2004, I moved internally to the major map publishing department in the country -Mapstudio. The position was titled Research Editor, but really it was a Quality Assuranceposition where I would check both the content and the cartographic styling of the maps. 2005 6-month gap breakI enjoyed this, but I missed making maps. in UKAt the beginning of 2005, I had the chance to travel to the UK for 6 months. It’s a longstory, but it gave me a kick start into getting ideas together to run my own mapping mid-2005 – 2007and design freelance business. Upon returning in mid-2005, I had to find work quickly Assistant Events Coordinator & Internal Communications Officerand so applied for a position at an investment company. It was a creative position at Sanlam Investmentswhere I designed brochures, internal communication letters, promotional gifts, updatedthe company’s website, letterheads, business cards and even had the chance to designa recipe book for a staff year-end gift. Nice job but I never lost sight of my goal - making 2006 - nowmaps. Freelance Cartographer & Graphic Designer at Oremantis.comDuring my time at the investment company I contacted Lovell Johns UK and informed Highlightsthem that I was available for possible freelance work. I had always had a good working Lamosca The Target mapsrelationship with David McCutcheon, the project manager at Lovell Johns at the time. South Africa by Road mapsHe was happy to have me on board. I created maps every day, when I returned home Beautiful Kenya mapfrom my day job. This taught me fearlessness of an all-nighter. There were plenty of Paths to Pints mapsthese. The same year I won bids on mapping projects advertised at getafreelancer.com. Sanlam corporate brochureLocally, I had two more clients added to my list and by mid-2007, my freelancing was Dorling Kindersley mapstoo busy to continue with a day job. I went completely solo and have worked on Bradt Travel Guide mapsinnovative, exciting and groundbreaking projects ever since. I use a pc but I am mac Millennium House Earth Platinumliterate and should a project require additional software, machine or OS, I am willing to PGUK Yellow pages mapspurchase. 2012 RATE: ZAR 160.0001
  3. 3. who is 1 2 3 4 5Oremantis was born on my return from the UK.I wanted to register a website to showcase mymap design skills and had to establish a webpresence.The idea behind the Oremantis logo:ORE relates to roads, buildings, man-madestructures. MANTIS is used for the brightgreen displayed in a praying mantis insectto signify nature.These words join to form a balance andcombination between nature and industry. Onecan therefore compare these elements to roadsover landscapes, parks in cities, buildings - alldepicted and used in mapping. education 1996 LA ROCHELLE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL MATRIC English, Afrikaans, Art History, Fibre Art, Textile Design, Typing, Needlework find me on 1997 – 1999 TEXTILE DESIGN - CAPE TECHNIKON Photoshop classes on Mac platform Design practice and principles Screenprinting 1999 COMPUTER APPLICATION CAREER DIPLOMA All Microsoft office applications at an advanced level Secretarial and reception etiquette 2001 WEB DESIGN – DAKOTA TRAINING Dreamweaver 4 UltraDev Fireworks 4 Flash 5 Design and Actionscript Silverfish e-commerce Html 2002 SPECIALIZED TRAINING FROM LOVELL JOHNS UK FOR ARCMAP, ILLUSTRATOR AND FREEHAND Learning how to gazetteer & digitise to create the foundation of a map & to complete the process thereafter 2003 CARTO101 1-week Carto101 company sponsored course with S. Jansen from Land Affairs: Surveys and Mapping to learn the principles behind Cartography 02
  4. 4. A rather amusing, yet very flattering, note froma snippet from the imprint Gordon: “We would like to do the whole book with you. Sadly we don’t have the time. You don’t have a twin?” - Gordon Cheers, Managing Director at Millennium House Publisher: Gordon Cheers “This particular map shows your passion for cartography and any praise given to you is well earned. It has been a true pleasure to have you work on this project, without your skills it would not have been possible in the short time we had left to complete this incredible project.” - Craig MacAlpine, Geographx (a general comment about my work) EARTH Platinum Edition The Worlds Largest Atlas “An outstanding milestone in publishing at 6ft x 4.5ft Once in a lifetime, the opportunity comes along to acquire (1.8m x 1.4m), this exquisite book is unsurpassed in something truly exquisite and unique—a piece of history, size, quality, and detail. a rare collectible, a masterpiece... EARTH Platinum Edition is such an acquisition. With only 31 individually A showcase of the craftsmanship of more than 100 numbered copies of this immense, limited edition atlas international cartographers, geographers and available, this beautifully presented book will be sought photographers. after by fine institutions and discerning collectors. Superb cartography is displayed on the massive pages when opened: each spread measures a breathtaking 6 feet x 9 Specifications feet (1.8m x 2.7m), presenting an unsurpassed view of Total collection limited to thirty-one individually the world. Every step required to produce this exclusive atlas has challenged existing processes, and the exacting numbered copies standards of quality and presentation expected by 6 feet × 4.5 feet (1.8m × 1.4m) Millennium House have contributed to the development Earth Platinum ISBN 978-1-921811-11-1 of improved techniques and demanded the finest 128 pages, portrait craftsmanship. EARTH Platinum Edition is destined to become a prized More than 45 pages of the finest contemporary reference and a focal point of the worlds major libraries maps and repositories.” Cost $100,000 USD http://www.millenniumhouse.com.au/title-earth-plat.html before after03
  5. 5. before after I was part of both the clean-up and corrections team during 7. The marked-up pdf goes, together with the Illustrator file, to the Earth Platinum project. those charged with implementing corrections. The The clean-up team are primarily tasked with turning a computer- cartographer corrects the Illustrator file and notes anything generated product into something worthwhile. They look at label he/she finds that needs to be brought to the MH editor’s placement and also the labels that Maplex has placed as opposed attention. to unplaced. > This is where I stepped in for corrections 8. This editing/correction process will go through at least 2 The maps went through the following processes before the iterations. clean-up phase: 9. The files then go back to Geographx for last minute checks on formatting, colour profiles etc. All the Gaz_IDs are exported so 1. Type labels and symbology for each map are extracted, that the Gazette can be created. A press quality file is created projected and exported from the central geodatabase using and sent off for final proofing and printing. Maplex and imported into an Illustrator page template. 2. A number of scripts are run for character and symbol replacements 3. The marginalia and the linework are added 4. A projected raster scan of an earlier MH map is then added to provide a base reference for clean-up team > This is where I stepped in for clean-up 5. Following clean-up, the scanned raster is removed and replaced with the proper raster relief map (created at Geographx) 6. Checks are run and a 1st draft pdf is created which goes back to Millennium House, where the editors mark it up for corrections. 04
  6. 6. in the newsThe brief Supply 1 outline map, 1 locator map, 29 chapter maps and update 12 town plans Convert original data from Freehand to Illustrator Tweak the map design to compliment the rest of the guide Implement a visually attractive way to display an English and Afrikaans version of a map label Add POI’s mentioned in each chapter, where they are not in the original file Use clipping masks and relevant cropping required for DPS maps such as the Garden Route05
  7. 7. South Africa by RoadA Regional Guide“South Africa by Road: A Regional Guideis more than a mere travel guide; it is acomprehensive handbook to the country,giving insight into the many nationaltreasures that line our highways andbyways – from vibrant cities to charmingcountry towns and one-horse dorpssteeped in history. The ultimate companionfor any road trip, it offers sound advice onthe best routes, and contains all thatholidaymakers need to know whenplanning their next vacation.Full-colour photographs and an interestingmix of side panels will inspire travellers totake to the tarred and gravel roads of SouthAfrica, and explore the many absorbingnooks and crannies of our extraordinarilydiverse country. Each chapter gives anoverview of a region’s climate, flora andfauna, and history and heritage, andhighlights the most noteworthy places.Ideas for what to do in each location areoutlined, as are key activities, routes andtrails.From hot-air ballooning to white-waterrafting, 4x4 trails to strolls in thecountryside, spelunking to visitingmuseums, and festivals to architecture,there is something for everyone.Customised full-colour maps in each ofthe 29 chapters show national, secondaryand dirt roads, toll roads, passes, gamereserves, national parks and naturereserves, as well as places of interest tohelp you plan your journey. A separate46-page road guide and 12 town planscomplete the useful cartographic section.”http://www.randomstruik.co.za/title-page.php?titleID=3162&imprintID=1 “Liezel, Thank you for all the time and energy you put into SABR. The maps look amazing, and truly make this book a cut above the rest.” - Struik Travel and Heritage | Random House Struik 06
  8. 8. Kenya - The Beautiful “Kenya – The Beautiful guides the reader on a journey through The brief each of the countrys distinctive regions, following in the Country map: 230mm (h) x 220 mm (w), footsteps of the travellers who have gone before in search of full-colour the beautiful land.” http://www.randomstruik.co.za/title-page.php?titleID=1169&imprintID=1 Electronic files and fonts of base map supplied Texture map to be dropped in Show all park boundaries and names "YOU ARE A MAGICIAN! The map is beautiful and your work is brilliant!" Additional parks and marine reserves to be - Roelien Theron, Managing Editor added Struik Travel and Heritage | Random House Struik Add labels for geographic features (on ‘Kenya - The Beautiful’ map)07
  9. 9. Paths to Pubs: A Guide to Hikes and Pints in the Cape Peninsula “The most detailed coverage yet of the many paths that crisscross the Cape Peninsula, this book describes 72 trails that traverse Table Mountain, the rocky headlands of Cape Point, and the mountains, ridges, beaches and forests of Constantia and the villages that hug the peninsular coastline. Best of all, however, there’s a chapter presenting 33 favoured watering holes where weary hikers can wet their whistles after they have worked up a sweat. Besides a detailed description, each trail features a concise route summary, contour map, and GPS coordinates for the start and end points. A handy overview presents the distance, duration, difficulty, exposure and gradient of each route; colour photographs and varied fact panels on local flora, fauna, geology and history add lively interest. The carefully selected pubs have been rated according to atmosphere, value and quality of food, and useful icons illustrate where there are views or sports viewing facilities. Mountain safety and emergency rescue advice and tips on hiking gear and what to pack are also included. This practical guide, written by veteran hiker Tony Burton, is a must-have for novice and experienced hikers as well as casual ramblers. Even teetotallers will not want to be without their copy.”The brief http://www.randomstruik.co.za/title-page.php?titleID=4658&imprintID=1 Book size is A5 portrait Base maps supplied by NGI Base maps to be grayscale, 70% b/w and 300dpi Note Ensure base maps are supplied with In the initial stage of the a straight orientation project, I advised my client against the use of this spec. Maps to be done in Illustrator Map spec and font supplied on a I felt that it was not template cartographically mature enough to compliment the Font is chalkboard bold 7pt title. My client was still Add scale bar and north symbol happy using the spec as is, so I added white borders to Create parking, POI, gradient and the labels which has directional symbols improved the quality quite considerably, especially when viewed in the finished Use the base map, hand drawn routes product. from the authors’ notes and supplied spec to create and supply the final maps “Thanks for the great work youve done on this title. I know its been demanding but we could not have done it without your massive contribution.” - Roelien Theron, Managing Editor, Struik Travel and Heritage | Random House Struik (on the ‘Paths to Pubs’ maps) 08
  10. 10. La Mosca The Target “The Target is an exciting chase game that is unique in the world. You will be playing a video game with the city as the setting. A dangerous gangster has just escaped from prison. A client will give him money for every crime he commits. Three policemen are sent to catch him, before he has managed to collect € 1,000,000. The gangster has to steal (virtual) objects that are located all over the city to be able to commit the crimes: a knife, a rope ladder, explosives, etc. Every time he steals an object or commits a crime, however, the gangster leaves a trail for the police teams. Thanks to the satellites, the police teams are able to localize the gangster every 6 minutes. They can also check continuously how far away they are from the gangster. But the gangster knows how to intercept the satellite signals and is given the same information as the players on his screen... and he has a few special defences to shake off any above: Bercy 720x720 The Target game map police pursuit, like the mines or the bullet-proof vest. Will the police succeed in disabling the gangster before he has achieved his goal?” http://www.lamoscagames.com/en/the-target “We are very happy with the maps you have made for us over the past few years! Thanks again for all the beautiful and accurate maps you have made. You are always ready to produce a last minute map and deliver on time.” - Kristof Van Den Branden, owner of La Mosca I met Kristof, owner of La Mosca, in 2006 via Getafreelancer.com. I won a bid on a project and we have been working together ever since. It’s a wonderful and exciting way to play a city game and I commend him for his originality and use of combining mapping and technology. To-date, I have created 170 cards and 330 customized ©La Mosca maps for La Mosca, The Target city game.below: Versailles 720x720 The Target game map below: Disney World 720x720 The Target game map 09
  11. 11. above: Card design for The Target game map below: Multilingual Hong Kong 720x720 The Target game mapThe brief - maps Design a map spec to fit in with the La Mosca brand Create a sliceable grid over the map that will not have any text running over the edges so that it can be displayed on a standard GPS-enabled cellular device screen (120px per slice) Research and collect information from various reference sources on the internet so that the map is nearest to actual structures on the ground Source and fit street names and other applicable labelsThe brief - cards For the laminated cards, create a back to back card design that can be printed by La Mosca and accompany the player during the game Add symbols to the map Front image supplied by La Mosca 10
  12. 12. before after The brief - DK maps 1st stage map tidy Restyle data Extend south of map Apply overlay edits Add tunnels and intersections Hill shading added by Lovell Johns above: examples of the editor overlays supplied for updates11
  13. 13. The brief - InterContinental Hotels Group Organise layers and data Tidy all linework Tidy all text Add symbols My favourite part of mapping is most definately anyThe brief - Philip’s Navigator Atlas first stage map tidy, restyling of data & placing labels Organise layers and data Import a .tiff base below: a map from one of the many Philip’s street guides I worked on in 2003 Tidy all linework Tidy all text Maintain indexing featuresSince 2002, I have had the opportunity to be anemployee and a sub-contractor to Lovell Johns,UK. Clients and titles range from AA and Philip’sstreet atlases, PGUK, Dorling Kindersley and manymore.I received in-house on-the-job training from mymanager - Carl Germishuys (Cape Town), ClareVarney (UK) and David McCutcheon (UK) during atwo year period within the department.The brief - Philip’s Street guides Restyle data where required Tidy all linework Tidy all text Maintain indexing features 12
  14. 14. In 2009, David McCutcheon, ex-Production Manager at Lovell Johns, went solo with his mapping career. I owe most of my skills and mapping know-how to David and I consider him to be my map mentor. I partnered up with David and we continue to create many beautiful maps together. We do however have the freedom to find and work on our own projects. “When I first traveled to South Africa in a training role, I came across a young woman with a talent for making maps and more impressively, playing pool. Little did I know this would be the start of a professional relationship spanning over 10 years. I have a long list of Cartographers who I can call upon when needed and Liezel is top of that list. With an eye for detail, an inquiring mind and quick to learn, she has matured into an accomplished Cartographer. However, Im not sure how her pool is these days.” - David McCutcheon, Cartographer, FBCart.S owner of DVDMaps The brief - PGUK maps Origination of 65 maps using base maps from http://www.flosm.de (credit given to OSM) Maps: Regional, DPS and SPS Restyle map Add all labels Add building shapes and POI’s from editorial notes supplied and other research sourcesabove: Bath PGUK SPS map The brief - Green Bus maps Apply round joins to all linework Review position of motorway junction Name every road/street that the route Tidy motorway centrelines & simplify numbers follows. Use Leader lines where required Clean up major junctions Reinstate unplaced labels where required Reposition the bus stops over the new Improve town name positioning The bus routes need to exactly follow route Review spacing of road numbers the data Add the timing info for each bus stop13
  15. 15. The brief - Bradt new maps The brief - Bradt conversions Use the hand-drawn notes on the scans provided Convert Freehand to Illustrator to originate a new map using reference sources Create a layer structure and relayer the data Use the key document containing points of interest Change the map number, date and the map title. mentioned in the chapters to add them to the maps Replace symbols Make sure to adhere to the styling on the Bradt stylesheet Reunite fragmented text Use the appropriate frame size and type of map, eg. Restyle the scale bar and all pattern fills regional/town plan etc Be sure to work in Overprint preview mode 14
  16. 16. The brief - Lazarsigns brochure Design a brochure that can be emailed to, or printed for, our clients Design a logo Originate a brand spec The brief - Sanlam brochures Design various in-house corporate brochures to be used by staff members as handbooks, at conferences and workshops. Honour the Sanlam brand while at the same time, making the handbooks and brochures fun and interesting to use.15
  17. 17. contactable references DAVID McCUTCHEON Cartographer extraordinaire, FBCart.S | DVD Maps Tel 07990 580357 david@dvdmaps.co.uk www.dvdmaps.co.uk ROELIEN THERONManaging Editor | Struik Travel and Heritage Tel +27 (0)21 460 5400 roelient@randomstruik.co.za www.randomstruik.co.za KRISTOF VAN DEN BRANDEN Managing Director | La Mosca Tel +32 478 88 30 13 kristof@lamosca.be www.lamosca.be GORDON CHEERS Managing Director | Millennium House Tel (612) 9817 4971 gcheers@millenniumhouse.com.au www.millenniumhouse.com.au 16

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