‘Stunning Cartography’

James and I are feeling very honoured – London: The Information Capital has won three prizes at the 2015 British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards: “The Stanfords Award for Printed Mapping”, “The John C. Bartholomew Award for Thematic Mapping” and the top prize “BCS Award” for Best Overall. The awards were created to encourage and showcase excellence in cartography and it is wonderful to be selected from a very strong field for the top prize.

BCS President Pete Jones tweeted the news:

Thank you, thank you to all our friends, family, and mentors who supported us when this book was only notes and numbers!

Without those working tirelessly with London’s data in its universities, museums, businesses and local government, London would not be ‘The Information Capital’. We are tremendously fortunate to have received the support and expertise from some of the best through their data, graphics and advice. This book would not have been possible without them.

When it comes to mapping 21st-century London, Oliver O’Brien is unsurpassed. His Datashine platform took home the BCS Avenza Award for Electronic Mapping. We are extremely grateful to him for being part of our book from the start. His data, expertise, fact-checking and much welcome feedback have been integral to ensuring the graphics here are the best they can be.

We are indebted to those at University College London (UCL) who have been particularly generous with their time and expertise, including Muhammad Adnan, Matt Ashby, Matt Disney, Robin Edwards, Shlomit Flint, Hannah Fry, Steven Gray, Guy Lansley, Alistair Leak, Ed Manley, Anna Mavrogianni, Flora Roumpani, Joan Serras, Duncan Smith, Camilo Vargas, and to Peter Wood for his thorough read-through and helpful feedback.

We received data, comments, and permissions from many other institutions and individuals, who we thank in greater detail within the pages of The Information Capital. To each, we thank you for your belief in us and what we were making.

Finally, we both must thank our agent Luigi Bonomi for his enthusiasm from day one and for putting us in touch with the team at Particular Books/Penguin who shared our passion for the project. We are grateful to Helen Conford and Cecilia Stein for their editorial guidance, Jim Stoddart for advice on the cover design and James Blackman for his expertise on printing, binding and colour production. We feel lucky to have been paired with a team that believes books can and should be beautiful objects.

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