Monday, 30 January 2017

Ruth Rowland Mapmaker - Equality Map for National Parks Magazine

It was a privilege to be asked to create a map by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Remembering Birmingham's Fight for Equality was a difficult subject to illustrate but a rewarding one. With the help of the Art Director, I researched the key elements that were to make up the illustration and thought about how I could approach the subject of the proposed Alabama site.

My first thoughts were of the colour palette, I decided to keep this muted, to reflect the serious nature of the subject but still light enough to suggest the positive outcome of the struggle leading Read on ...

Ruth Rowland Mapmaker

The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed that I have added the descriptor Mapmaker alongside Lettering Artist on my website. I’ve always enjoyed working on maps, so much so, that this year I have enrolled in a course at the British Library to explore their fabulous collection and study the whole concept of maps, from the most literal to the more cerebral.

So far it’s been fascinating and I look forward to sharing my discoveries with you. In the meantime, I’ve set up dedicated Facebook and Instagram accounts focusing on my interest in maps, travel journaling and illustration. If this is something that interests you then head over and follow my journey. 

If you think you have an interesting map-related project, whether it’s mapping a journey, an event or an idea, feel free to get in touch, I’d be happy to talk it through. You can browse more examples of my work in the maps folder on my website.