50 eye-catching thematic maps for a first edition atlas
Aurum Press, an imprint of Quarto, were looking for a cartographer for a series of thematic maps for a new atlas. This would help them to visualise data in a different way. The maps had to be well designed, unique and eye-catching and would each be supported with an essay by Alastair Bonnett on specific topics. These were ranging from global asteroid strikes, to bird diversity or worldwide gun ownership. Lovell Johns were supplied with reference information for each map, which had to be researched and permission sought for reproduction/inclusion.
Our first task was to clear permission from the copyright holders for the map data required. Working with the publisher, we narrowed the topics down to 50 maps. We chose a selection of five different projections to display the data and set about re-projecting information to fit and create the maps. Our cartographer worked with Aurum Press to come up with fresh and innovative ideas, providing proofs for comment. Amendments were actioned promptly and new proofs supplied to the publisher.
In total, Lovell Johns successfully delivered 50 maps for inclusion in the book, New Views. Files were supplied in Adobe Illustrator format, each with a key, so any last minute changes could be actioned by the publisher. The printed book of New Views is a beautiful hardback, with the maps appearing as full colour double page spreads. It has been produced in different languages and feedback has been met positively, with many encouraging comments on the maps.