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Blog posts in the Cartography category are posts that either feature cartographers we work with, or look in detail at the cartographic style of some of the maps we print at Dennis Maps.

For example, our Managing Director Steve Burry attended the North American Cartographic Information Society conference in Tacoma, Washington State, in October 2019. He reported back on his impressions of the global cartographic community and how they received his presentation The Art of Map Printing: Colourful Reflections from Across the Pond, which showcased many different examples and uses of British cartography. He discovered that the widely-known UK style of map with printed cover is almost unknown in North America.

We have an interview with Adam King, a very experienced cartographer and the CEO of HARVEY Maps, a Scottish company that provides clear and detailed maps for outdoor recreation such as orienteering, walking and climbing. The cartographic focus of HARVEY maps is the representation of relief, with contour lines shown at 15m intervals, rather than the more usual 10m.

Looking at the cartography of Ordnance Survey maps, we explore map symbols, how to read them, and how they help you to understand the environment you are in. OS Map symbols represent three kinds of information – point data, line data and polygon data. Point data is a single location point, such as a viewing point. Line data represents rivers, roads, railways etc. And polygon data represents area features such as water or woodland, usually with specific colours. New symbols are being added as cartography reflects the changing environment. Recent new symbols include solar farms, skateboard parks and kite surfing areas.