Personalised Maps - Katherine Kannon

University of Cambridge Illustrated Campus Map 


I was approached by the University of Cambridge and asked to create an illustrated campus map of the university and surrounding city, to be used as the main display and navigation for a ‘virtual open day’ platform on their website. This platform will be used by prospective students and should give them a visual sense of how the university colleges and buildings sit within the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area.

The university found that prospective students often struggled to understand how the colleges and buildings sit within the city, with no central ‘campus’ as such, but a collection of academic and pastoral facilities knitted into the city fabric. The map highlights the colleges, university facilities and places of interest through individual hand drawn illustrations overlaid on a geographically accurate road map. Presenting the city and the academic buildings in this way gives prospective students a tangible overview of how the two co-exist, without having to visit it in person. 

With such a variety of beautiful buildings and pieces to illustrate, I loved working on this project.


The map can be viewed on the University virtual tour here!



The ‘Virtual Open Days’ platform is set to be launched on University of Cambridge website in 2020.


"We couldn't be happier with the illustrated campus map Katherine produced for us. As the project is multifaceted, we presented Katherine with a really complex brief and lots of different ideas that she was able to pull together into one awesome, cohesive design that really captured the tone we were aiming for.

Throughout, Katherine was really responsive to our suggestions and ideas, as well as producing solutions that really tied the project together. She was an absolute joy to work with, her vision, talent, and unwavering patience throughout the process made the whole project really enjoyable. Feedback from colleagues at the University has been hugely positive, with many noting the fun smaller elements as well as the key icons (the ducks in bowler hats are a particular crowd pleaser). Katherine's created a beautiful centrepiece for a tool that I hope prospective students will enjoy for years to come"'

Millie Beach, Student Recruitment Co-Ordinator.

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