About

Andrew Douglas-Clifford

Cartographer, Map Maker

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I’m someone who loves to look at maps a lot, so naturally I love making them as well! GIS and cartography sit at the intersection of two areas I am passionate about: technology and geography. There’s nothing more satisfying than producing a great looking map that really gets across the spatial concepts that you are trying to communicate.

This is reflected in the attention to detail that I pay to my maps, and the enjoyment that I gain from projects that I’ve worked on in my own time. Some of these projects have provided me with the opportunity to share my work on a much wider scale, something that I am enormously grateful for.

I take pride in my work, and even greater pride in seeing the positive impact that it has on the world, no matter how great or small!

Biography

Until recently I was a Masters in Geographic Information Science (MGIS) student at the University of Canterbury. I undertook my research thesis into crowdsourced smartphone passenger feedback systems for public transport, which I completed in April 2017. Before this, I studied a Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Canterbury. For a while now I’ve enjoyed creating maps as a hobby (sometimes as procrastination!).

I now work full time as a Geospatial Professional, however I continue to share my works on my website’s blog, Facebook page and Twitter, and also sell my designs on my web store The Map Kiwi.

 

Recognition and Awards

Some of my more well known work includes the New Zealand State Highway Metro Maps, which received wide national attention in May 2016 online and in the media. It won the New Zealand Cartographic Society’s People’s Choice Map Award, which was held at the biannual GeoCart Cartography conference located in Wellington at the end of August 2016. I was also a finalist in the 2016 Spatial Excellence Awards in the Undergraduate Category, and a recipient of the New Zealand ESRI User Group Postgraduate Scholarship 2016.

In 2018 I was nominated (again!) for the Student of the Year award, but was honoured to instead come away with the NZ Cartographic Society Award for Best Map Design in the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards.

Te Reo Māori Map of Aotearoa/New Zealand

As part of the 7 day cartography challenge last year, I created two maps showing Te Reo Māori names of towns and cities names across Aotearoa/New Zealand which were well received. Naturally, I wanted to improve the maps by researching the spelling of place names...

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Nobody Lives Here: Uninhabited Areas of New Zealand

With 4.6 million people spread out over 268,021 km², New Zealand is not a crowded place when compared to more densely populated countries such as Japan and the UK. The below map shows just how much land is uninhabited per square kilometre, making up 78.21% of our...

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Prints

I sell prints of most of my work through my online store.

Commission a Map

Interested in having a map designed by The Map Kiwi?