Behind the Scenes
Making an Atlas
During my time at Tracks4Africa I was part of the GIS team who created their first atlas of Southern Africa. One of the biggest projects at Tracks4Africa in 2016 was undoubtly the Traveller's Atlas. The atlas was created using data collected by Tracks4Africa and its data members. The data was generalised and filtered to be suitable for publication. ArcGIS and QGIS were used in conjunction to produce the atlas - QGIS for data editing and ArcGIS for the layout of the pages. Adobe Illustrator was used to produce the final pages sent for printing.
The final product has a laminated cover, is wiro bound and the pages are printed on silk matt art paper. This atlas covers ten countries in Southern Africa and is specifically aimed at self-drive travellers. The countries included are: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. I was responsible for sixteen pages in the atlas.