Witmaps Blog

  • How maps can help non-profit organizations

    There are many ways that maps can help non-profit organizations plan, inform, and educate: tourism marketing groups use them in visitor guides; international NGOs use them in reports; industry associations add them to member location directories; service organizations use them to plan program delivery areas...

    The ways to use maps are limited only by your imagination. Once you start noticing maps, you'll see them everywhere. Keep reading to see some examples...

  • The Lost Treasure of Vrouw Maria

    Last fall I worked with authors writing a book about an 18th-century shipwreck. They wanted a map to show the route of Vrouw Maria, a merchant ship carrying Dutch Masters paintings from Amsterdam to Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately it sank off the coast of Finland and the treasures were lost for over 200 years. Continue reading more about this map and the upcoming book.

  • Mapping the Journeys of Biblical Job

    A few months ago, Victoria Adams contacted me to create 4 maps for a book she’s writing about the Book of Job. These maps will illustrate the text, including Biblical locations and places where later commentators lived and travelled. She wanted maps that would give her readers a sense of geography, distance, and cultural background. Read more about this project.

  • 4 questions to answer when designing academic or historical maps

    I have created maps for a wide variety of subjects. Some authors I've worked with have written travel books; some have written history books; some commission maps for articles they are submitting to academic journals.

    Read below to see some questions I ask my clients when designing academic or historical maps. These maps are meant to give context to the reader, to highlight places mentioned in the text.

  • Creating a map of Central Europe for a tourism app

    I worked with TravPro Mobile to create maps for many destinations for their mobile sales app. That app informs travel agents about travel destinations. One of our projects was for a map of Central Europe. Read more about the process and see early drafts of the final product.
  • Updating Mississauga's visitor guide map

    For the past 3 years I've worked with Mississauga Tourism to update maps for their annual visitor guide. The process takes a few months as they finalize new and changed listings for the coming year. Read about some of the changes to this year's guide, which will be available soon.
  • Maps for 5 types of tourism marketing

    I love travelling, and I enjoy creating maps for the tourism industry. Over the years I’ve discovered at least 5 main purposes for tourism maps: for economic development, destination marketing to tourists, marketing for tour companies and travel agents, sponsored tourist maps with ads, and city walking maps. Read more and see examples of these types of maps.

  • How Brampton launched their city cycling guide

    Read about how Brampton launched their new cycling guide in 2018. You'll see how we created the map, step by step, and see what's involved with a large project like this.

  • How we redesigned the Guelph cycling map

    Read about the process for redesigning Guelph's cycling map and see some early drafts and the different design decisions we made.
  • 7 things to consider when making an active transportation map

    If you need a new or updated map to show your city active transportation network, keep reading for 7 things to think about.