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Canal & River Trust Maplets

10th July, 2015

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I've been busy over the past couple of months producing the illustrated maps for the new Canal & River Trust Maplets. It's been a wonderful project and I've really enjoyed designing the maps & working with Dick Vincent, the London Towpath Ranger. I also had a great day visiting the Canal & River Trust Offices down on the Isle of Dogs so we could look through the designs & I even got to meet their resident artist, Emma McNally.

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The maplets are being printed and should be available at the end of July. I can't wait to see one and I'm looking forward to hopefully working with the Canal & River Trust again soon.

My New Folksy Shop

5th July, 2015

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I've finally got round to opening a (so far) modest sized shop on Folksy (often called the 'UK Etsy' - where I also have a shop) so I can make available all the designs I do in-between commissions as well as offering a customised location map service for wedding maps, new house maps etc

You can check it out here: https://folksy.com/shops/BekCruddaceDesign

British Cartographic Society/Google UK Election Competition

4th July, 2015

Despite being busy, busy, busy as usual I managed to squeeze in some time to enter the UK 2015 General Election mapping competition run jointly by the British Cartographic Society and Google.


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The competition is a one-off award for 2015 to recognise one of the most mapped events of the year. Preference will be given to online mapping, but I thought I'd do my bit for more traditional map-making - ie drawn by hand rather than produced using a GIS (Geographical Information system).

You never know, that trophy could still come my way......

Links I've Loved Reading

30th June, 2015

blog.jpgHere is a list of some of the helpful links I've been reading over the last few weeks. They aren't all written recently, but they are all useful:

What price to use when talking to retailers - The Design Trust

Give yourself a break - Elle & Co

The Folksy Charts 2014 - Folksy

10 Colour Secrets top designers Swear by - Laura Busche

The Do’s And Don’ts of Infographic Color Selection - Ryan McCready

Simple tips for avoiding working or lower quality clients - Paul Andrew

If you have any articles that have inspired you recently I've love to know.