Publishing & Tourism
We produce a wide variety of mapping solutions and guidebook products for the local authority, tourism and publishing sectors. Please see below for examples of various applications and contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Public information signage
Clients: Coillte Teoranta, Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Development, Dublin Mountains Partnership and various local authorities including Wexford, Waterford, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Westmeath. In some instances we have provided a survey service to ensure accuracy of information portrayed on the signage, in other cases we provide an 'office' solution with the client supplying all necessary detail. See below for some downloadable samples - in some instances we have supplied the map artwork and the design has been completed by another designer. We do not fabricate the actual signage, this is handled by a specialist sign fabrication company. Irish language versions supplied to meet the requirements of the Official languages Act.
Brochures, Guidebooks and Cards
Clients: Coillte Teoranta, Shannon Development, Dublin Mountains Partnership and a variety of local tourism development groups including Carlow Tourism, Cooley Tourism, Westport Tourism, Ballinamuck Walks, Laois Leader etc. We have produced DL type brochures, various guidebooks and sets of walk cards. Generally with brochures, cards etc., we handle the entire production and hand off files to a printer following approval. Here are some examples of previous work. Also see below for assistance with development of walks.
Internet maps and maps for public download
These can be readily produced as a 'spin off' from work on signage and/or brochures. We can either supply in a raster format for quick download and direct display on a website and/or as .pdf files that can be downloaded and printed off by members of the public.
This is a rapidly changing area as new user technologies appear. At present as a 'spin off' from work on signage and/or brochures we can produce maps covering small areas (typically walking loop maps) in Google Earth .kmz format. These can be displayed on certain Garmin GPS units that are sold for recreational use and which support this format. Typically these would be posted on a website along with .pdf files for public download. The user then has a fully functioning detailed map of the route on their handheld navigation device.
Map artwork for Magazine and Book publishers
Clients: Walking World Ireland, Gill&McMillan and O'Brien's Press.
We can produce map illustrations for a variety of needs and styles - school texts and tourist books as well as recreational publications. We supply Adobe PDF or Illustrator file output on disc. Other formats possible.
- Consistent appearance across a series of maps.
- Attractive appearance with the actual walking or cycling route clearly highlighted.
Examples: leisure map illustrations for Walking World Ireland magazine ; maps for Junior Certificate text books
Some Guidelines for Walking Map and Guidebook production
We have been involved in the production of many walking map guidebooks for various groups around Ireland. We bring together our experience as walkers with the mapping and software skills to produce clear and attractive map guides. Generally the development of a local walking route or waymarked trail involves the following stages:
- Locate suitable walking route(s) and negotiate access where necessary. Guidelines:
- Choose an interesting route with as much variety as possible.
- Plan the walk to suit your target walkers - family groups, occasional walkers, regular walkers etc.
- Walkers don't like lots of tarmac roads with cars! Forest roads, green roads, school and mass paths, riverbank paths, parks, field tracks are all more suitable.
- Visit as many sites of natural and local history as possible.
- But keep the walk reasonably direct!
- Avoid obvious places of danger.
- Consult with the National Trails Office whose role it is to approve walks and arrange for annual inspection of same. For more details and plenty of advice www.irishtrails.ie
- Mapping of the route(s).
- Research of local and natural history if this is to be included.
- Preparation of artwork.
- Waymarking the route on the ground in some instances.
EastWest Mapping can be involved in several of the above stages as required. Route selection is best left to local knowledge and taste but we can advise on overall lengths, alternative sections etc. Generally we step in at the mapping stage - walking the route(s), preparing suitable maps, preparing artwork and arranging printing. We can research and write up local and natural history notes but more often this is done locally and we simply insert.