I made a map!

Posted by team2019alpaca on 19 July 2021 in English (English).

The first map is complete and in the consultation phase with community stakeholders. I am absolutely fizzing with excitement!

This whole project began when I noticed the maps of walking trails provided at the local Info Centre were no longer entirely accurate. It turns out some of the maps were older than me, a lot has changed since then!

Here is the before map:

Picture of old trail map showing one loop track in the Domain

Note: The pixelation is the printout itself, not the photo.

And here is the new map created using My Tracks, OpenStreetMap, and Inkscape.

New walking trail map for Steep Street Domain showing multiple tracks

A black and white version of this map will be used at the Info Centre and, after consultation, the colour version may be used as signage in the Domain itself.

Even with international boarders closed the town still welcomes many visitors looking to enjoy walks and historical sites. Hopefully this map (and the others I have planned) will improve their experience.

Location: Lawrence, Clutha District, Otago, 9532, New Zealand

Comment from n76 on 19 July 2021 at 23:39


I have played around with making my own maps and the big lesson I have learned is that it is not easy to create a good, clear map that is also attractive. I like what you have done.

Comment from benoitdd on 20 July 2021 at 09:01

It looks much better :)

If you used OSM data to create the map, you should probably credit it on the map.

Comment from Zverik on 22 July 2021 at 06:15

Wow! I love everything about this map: the fonts, the colours, the styles for each trail. One thing I’d improve is that the map feels very empty, except for the trails. I know it’ll make it harder to read, but still.

Comment from benoitdd on 22 July 2021 at 08:36

It’s good to have different patterns for the trails so it’s still distinguishable either if the map is printed in color or black&white.

@Zverik: I agree, maybe adding the forest area as a slightly darker would be enough (just make sur it’s still ok in b&w, maybe a dotted pattern would be better than a filled one)

I would also add an arrow to indicate the North as the map is rotated and a graphic scale.

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