Putting Missorts on the map

The new, free ‘Welcome to Bristol’ walking map of the city is now out. Published by Bristol City Council, this A3-sized map is available on the counters of numerous shops, amenities, tourist attractions and cultural centres all over the city — you simply tear it off a pad.

bristol-legible-city-wayfinding-design-print-map-city-id-walking-visitors-tourism-touristsCommissioned with the simple aim to provide the visitor with a free walking map of the centre of Bristol. The look, feel and information relate directly to the pedestrian signing system and the user is given more information on how to move around the city. The map includes details of railway and bus terminals, waterways and ferries, taxi locations, car parks, hospitals and neighbourhoods. In addition, on the reverse, the central area is extended to include Clifton, and there is written information about travelling by foot, bike or ferry, as well as by bus, train or car. Useful numbers, tourist information advice are also included. The map is created using all of the elements of the Bristol Legible City graphic identity.

The 2014 edition of the map features Missorts, my permanent soundwork for Bristol. The Missorts ‘app area’ is marked, and little red ‘M’ icons show where each of the ten, interconnected stories are triggered (by GPS). A large centre panel on the reverse of the map gives more information about the project.

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I am extremely proud of Missorts and the many great people that I worked with to make it happen — from producer Situations, to developer Calvium, the ten writers (Sara Bowler, Holly Corfield-Carr, Thomas Darby, Jack Ewing, Katrina Plumb, Jess Rotas, Hannah Still, Helen Thornhill, Isabel de Vasconcellos and Sacha Waldron), composer Jamie Telford, and the community of St Mary Redcliffe — and I hope that this extraordinary level of support from Bristol City Council encourages more people to experience the city (and literature) in a new way, by downloading the app (free from the iTunes store or Googleplay) or borrowing a pre-loaded smartphone from either Bristol Central or Bedminster Library, putting their headphones on and going for a walk in the Redcliffe area of Bristol.

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