Map of Central London
Self initiated project | 2014 | Digital rendering
This map of central London, the first in a line of international city maps that I plan to produce, is inspired by the elegant visual style, coloration and typography of early twentieth-century city maps that were published in atlases at that time. It displays the city, its neighbourhoods, parks and famous landmarks as they appear in the present day (2014), hence the inclusion of modern landmarks such as the London Eye, the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, the Barbican Centre and modern skyscrapers such as the Shard and the Gherkin. Major streets and thoroughfares, railway termini, tube stations, landmarks, street markets, parks, gardens, lakes and bridges are labelled, and the course of the various underground railways (including the new Crossrail line, due to open in 2018) are shown.
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The whole map design, which is finished with a simple border design and a title in outlined Gill Sans at the top centre.
Detail of the West End, Covent Garden and Whitehall. I chose to employ a limited colour palette for the design, in keeping with the style of those city maps from the turn of the 20th century; various shades of orange are used for built-up areas and different categories of buildings, whilst green spaces and parks are coloured a complimentary green, and water a pale blue.
Detail of the City of London, including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England. Also in keeping with early 20th-century map designs (and earlier), I carefully chose two period-style typefaces for the labelling; Bureau for station labels, and Kursivschrift in regular, bold and italics for all other labels.
Detail of Knightsbridge and South Kensington, including the Natural History, V&A and Science Museums. Dashed lines show the courses of underground railway lines, whilst dotted lines show the boundaries between the different boroughs.