Stop! Banner time!

Posted: 4 November 2013 in Guides
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File:Tooting banner.jpg

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.


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