Archive for November, 2013

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This is the banner image I created for the Wandsworth travel guide.  (It is based on a photo from Geograph by Paul Farmer; there isn’t much of the UK that hasn’t be photographed by the Geograph Project.)

I like the page banner concept.  It reminds me of the header templates on Wikisource and the image sets the tone for the guide.  They’re quite easy to make too, just a crop in GIMP, as long as a suitable image is available.  With those I’ve done so far I often make a few and discard the rest, although I uploaded three for Lambeth because I couldn’t decide which was the best least worst.

I wasn’t sure about uploading this one.  While I think it accurately conveys Tooting, it might not be the most enticing of images to attract travellers.  I could have probably used Battersea Park, possibly with the Peace Pagoda at an attractive point a third of the way from the far right.  However, several of the London districts are already represented by images from parks, which is fine on an individual basis but, taken as a whole, is going to give a slightly skewed impression of London.  Presumably people travelling to the city expect it to actually be a city.  I feel this banner at least has some south-of-the-river authenticity.

I’m a bit stumped for some of the other districts.  The East End, Holborn, Islington and Southwark (as well as the East and West of Greater London) are all still running with the default page banner.  Islington might be the hardest.  I have ideas for images for the others, I just haven’t found the right images yet (and I might end up going out to take a few photos to fix that).  I’m not sure what could or should represent Islington, though.

Map of part of a city with lots of coloured dots

The South Kensington-Chelsea dynamic map in its current state.

I chose South Kensington-Chelsea as the destination article to work on first (that would be The One with the Museums to non-Londoners). It was already a developed guide, albeit only rated as “Usable” status which in Wikipedian terms is somewhere between start class and (maybe) B class.

After adding latitudes and longitudes to all of the existing listings (which was moderately tedious, although getting easier), adding some new listings and adding a version of the dynamic map I found on the guide to The City, I’m worried there may actually be too much stuff there now.

The slippy, dynamic map is covered in overlapping coloured dots.  This could seem a little busy.  I think it looks OK on the larger map but at this level of zoom the sea of points of interest might be overwhelming.

The sections themselves are mostly at or exceeding the recommended 7±2. Hopefully sub-bullets don’t count towards that limit. I have already split up “See” a few times but it might need yet another subsection.  Possibly for street furniture.  I still want to add a few points, like an old postbox.

Luckily there doesn’t seem to be that much to do in the destination.  Conversely, there are a lot of places to sleep and certainly a lot more that could be added, although the current selection is probably sufficient for now.  The guide doesn’t even have a “Cope” section yet and “Connect” could be expanded.  This risks a wall of coloured dots instead of a functional map.