ABOUT OUR ENTRY
- Apart from Markus Hauser’s excellent and hopelessly beautiful Asahi-dake map, there’s no English-language high-quality topographical maps available in Hokkaido. Experienced outdoors-people need good maps – we provide those, for free.
- We use open-source software (QGIS) to create easily printed A4-sized topographical maps with English place-name labels.
- Users can print the maps at home, but they can also use the Avenza Maps smartphone app to see their location on the map, offline, in real time.
- The front of the PDF maps have 1:25000 scale topographical maps, created with Japan government map data.
- The rear of the maps have the route guide and photos that the Hokkaido Wilds team have produced.
- The maps are foldable, and have a great color scheme – main title and accent colors by Dominika Gan, and vegetation colors are based on the USGS vegetation colorings (see Patterson & Kelso, 2004).
Participation in the Geo Activity Contest was by invitation – we were selected from a number of entries from around the country to present what we’re doing with the Geospacial Information Authority of Japan‘s vector map data.
Congratulations also to the other winners in the contest, especially the grand prize winner – the Kyushu University’s flood awareness project.
A HUGE THANKS
Just being selected for this event – from a pool of applicants from around Japan – was a huge honor. While the grunt work of writing routes, taking photos, and actually creating the maps was (and continues to be) by the sweat and toil of the core Hokkaido Wilds authors, these little A4 printable maps wouldn’t have been half what they are without the inspiration and early development support of the following brilliant people.
- MARKUS HAUSER | Twitter | Academia
Markus is a professional cartographer based in Zurich, Switzerland. He’s the co-author of the only professional English-language topographical hiking map for the northern Daisetsuzan Range area around Asahi-dake. The original idea for A4 printable maps of the Hokkaido Wilds hiking and ski touring routes was his. He contacted us soon after we launched with the idea, and worked with us to develop the design and concept. We’re super indebted to his professional and experienced input into the original concept.
- DOMINIKA GAN | Behance | Instagram
Domi is an award-winning graphic designer based in Poland. She came up with the folding concept for the maps, and has worked wonders with the color schemes for the maps. The final products would not be half what they are now without her great sense of color and space. Dominika is also the mastermind behind the Hokkaido Wilds visual branding – the logo, the website color scheme, overall website layout, and illustrations on the site. It has been amazing to work with such a talented designer throughout the Hokkaido Wilds project so far.
- LOCAL GIS COMMUNITY | We also thank the very helpful folk in the Hokkaido FOSS4G community and QGIS users in Japan for their encouragement for us to apply and take part in this event. The response to our efforts have been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re excited to continue providing as high quality, useful information as possible to help people enjoy Hokkaido’s in an informed and responsible way.
4 thoughts on “Hokkaido Wilds wins two awards for PDF topomaps”
Super cool! What a neat idea and big congrats on winning. Are you all considering an APP in the future?
Sorry Alex, I seem to have missed this…many thanks! As for an app…it is in the back of my mind…but no great plans as of yet.
Nice work Hokkaido Wilds team!
Many thanks Dana!