10th July, 2015
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.
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.
5th July, 2015
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
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.
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......
30th June, 2015
Here 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
If you have any articles that have inspired you recently I've love to know.