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

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Typographic Mapping of Surnames: #geomob MAy 2011

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

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