IMIA is pleased to welcome our newest member, Cosmographics. Established in 1987, the UK-based company’s dedicated levels of customer service and highest quality end product have attracted world leaders in publishing and many other businesses across all industries requiring cartographic services. Projects include maps for atlas and reference books, for the wine and tourist industry, for education, local government, military, finance, insurance, public relations and marketing. Cosmographics provides a print-on-demand service for both their own and other publishers’ maps via their website. They also produce and sell customized and personalized map products.
Cosmographics is always looking to improve their mapping products. One such innovation is how to address the issue of Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) for map users. Also known as color blindness, CVD can have a significant impact when reading and understanding a map in any situation, but especially in a child’s education (statistics show that 1 in 12 boys have a form of CVD). Cosmographics encourages that all maps produced for use in the public domain should be fully accessible and have produced their own range of color blind-friendly wall maps for schools.
Cosmographics’ Managing Director Alan Grimwade has promoted the business of maps and excellence in cartography throughout his career. He served as a director of the International Map Trade Association (EAME Region) for 8 years, represented the EAME region on the IMTA International Board and currently is the British Cartographic Society Corporate Liaison Officer. Alan has been instrumental in setting up a partnership with IMIA to bring the two organizations together and help promote cartographic excellence worldwide (see related story in this newsletter).
In these difficult times, with travel restrictions in place and businesses finding a “new normal” way to work, the need to maintain communication with the cartographic industry as a whole is essential. Keeping the social aspects of business alive is also crucial when building working relationships. Cosmographics looks forward to developing new business opportunities and making new friends using the platform IMIA provides.
For more information, visit www.cosmographics.co.uk.