About the map

After the recent government announcement, shops and services prepared themselves to open their doors to the public between March and July 2021. This animation reveals what that journey out of the latest lockdown might look like. The maps reveal the locations that will then open after a key date, to visualise how each city switches back on.  

Why it works

I’m sure everybody is keeping tabs on the key dates (specifically pub gardens), but this map goes one further to show how that translates in a visual pattern across the city. The firefly symbology creates a lightbulb style symbology that looks like the map is illuminating, phase by phase. You can start to see pockets of urban areas emerge where retail services and schools begin to cluster. This forms a dense pattern of urban areas where the heart of the city is really located. 


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Sam Bark, Cartographer

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