Those who know me personally are aware that I’ve been working hard on my Master’s thesis (more info) since early last year. I’m glad to say that after all this time, it’s nearly finished! With luck, I’ll be submitting my completed thesis on the 26th March. I must admit I have mixed feelings. Glad, because freedom is just around the corner, but anxious about the pressure of it all coming together on time!
Naturally, time constraints meant that there hasn’t been much time for new projects on The Map Kiwi as of late but hopefully, this will change soon after I finish. Here are a few projects I’ve got lined up:
NZ EV Charging Map
I’ve always wanted to learn how to make my own web maps, so I’ve got an electric vehicle themed web map coming up showing all the places in New Zealand that you can fast charge your electric vehicle (EV). I’m a big fan of electric vehicles, so I’m using it as a project to learn more about how to code web maps from scratch. It’s quite a change from the static maps that I usually make!
A quick work in progress screenshot:
I hope to add some extra layer controls, and extra information about future and planned EV Fast Charger locations, as well as some ‘coverage’ areas for each – contours representing the driving distance to the chargers – useful information if you need to know how much battery range you need to reach one.
7 Maps in 7 Days
Another idea that’s been floating around is to try a 7 Maps, 7 Days challenge after the thesis is out of the way. The aim is to create a new map every 24 hours over the course of a week and share it on the site. It’d certainly be a great way to improve my skills under pressure and on a range of different maps.
What sort of maps would you want to see me make in this challenge?
Where would the be? What would they be about? How would they be made?
Send me your ideas here or on the Facebook page. I might just award a free map print to the person with the best idea! 🙂
A new package full of Map Kiwi designed postcards has arrived, including a recent design which look great!
Below is the colourful Christchurch Property Map, now in postcard form.
The iconic New Zealand Metro Map, in postcard form:
Both of these postcards are now in stock from the store individually. If you’re interested in bulk amounts, please get in touch.
Check them out on The Map Kiwi Store here! I hope to have these in a few retailers in the near future, so stay tuned!
For the New Zealand Esri User Conference Story Map competition, I created a story map that takes you on a tourist sightseeing tour along New Zealand’s State Highway 1 from Cape Reinga to Bluff, highlighting the points of interest along the way.
You can check it out by clicking here.
Hey guys, a few personal updates from me.
I will be giving talks at the GeoCart Cartography conference in Wellington at the end of August! I’ll be talking about creating the State Highway Metro Maps, procrastination mapping and my experiences as a student cartographer. I’ll also be giving a talk about my thesis topic: ‘Gaining Insights into Public Transport Passenger Satisfaction Using Crowdsourced Information’. Public speaking instills a lot of nerves, so fingers crossed it goes well! A big thanks to Land Information New Zealand for supporting my travel to GeoCart.
On a different note, I’ve heard that making commitments to goals publically provides much more motivation to actually achieve it. I’ve never really been satisfied with my ability to program in Python, so here I am; committing to an hour a day improving my Python programming (for those interested, I’m using Learn Python the Hard Way as a starting point).
Lastly, feel free to share any ideas for cool maps, as my procrastination mapping has reached an alarming low. Time for a new project I think!
A decidedly non-kiwi map that goes against the name of this blog, but I’ll allow it! Following the great feedback I received for my New Zealand State Highway Metro Maps, here’s an Australian highway rendition in the same style of the London Underground. Continue reading →
The Guardian recently featured Gretchen Peterson’s City Maps: A Coloring Book For Adults (a pretty awesome piece of cartography!) with a quiz to guess the locations of global cities from a blank street map. New Zealand wasn’t featured sadly, so I decided to create my own kiwi rendition.
How well do you know the layouts of New Zealand’s cities and towns? See if you can identify the location of each of the fifteen blank colouring maps below. Continue reading →
I’ve had an overwhelming response to my South Island Metro map, and a lot of requests for the North Island as well. I’m happy to say that it’s finally here! I’m also excited to announce that print versions of these maps will be available!
Update: You can now get the full New Zealand design as a poster print (along with my other maps) and on t-shirts on my very own store, The Map Kiwi! To visit the store, click the button or have a browse of the products below.
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