Oxford map for 'The Dictionary of Lost Words'

Client: Penguin Random House | October-November 2020 | Adobe Illustrator
I was commissioned by the publishing group Penguin Random House to create this illustrated period-style map of Oxford for The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (ISBN 9780593160190, published in April 2021), a novel set within the famous university city in 1911. The map displays locations and landmarks around the city that are key to the plot, with six of the most important illustrated with simple pen sketches. The brief required the design to authentically resemble a map of the period and accurately show the city's streets and buildings as they were at the time; to achieve this I referred to contemporary Ordnance Survey maps of Oxford and used an appropriate typeface and a black and white colour scheme.

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