Map Design

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map design devonport takapuna icons

map design devonport takapuna public engagement

Map Design:
Devonport Takapuna Area Plan

  • Mapping
  • Iconography
  • Illustration
  • Printed Collateral


The urban planning team at Auckland Council was working on an ‘Area Plan’ for the Devonport-Takapuna area. The plan analyses the current local issues and aspirations voiced by the community and maps out the future development of how the area can be used to live, work and play by the community over the next 30 years.

The team approached me early in the public engagement phase of their project, to work alongside them and design a collection of themed maps that would facilitate a series of workshops with the local community and stakeholders


My role as a visual translator was focused on working with the team to develop a coherent visual language of icons, shapes and colours that could help them articulate their strategic planning decisions.

One of the challenges was to adapt and simplify the complex keys of the existing geographic information system maps and finding that balance to maintain the technical accuracy of the maps without the daunting complexities.

The nature of workshops allowed room for low-fidelity trials and tests of the visual language, and through the feedback of hit and misses, it helped drive the visuals to something the public would better engage with.

Skills: Illustration, Print