How The “Roadmap out of Lockdown” GIF was made

How The “Roadmap out of Lockdown” GIF was made

How The “Roadmap out of Lockdown” GIF was made

With Lockdown rapidly easing for (hopefully) the last time, we thought it would be great to visualise what this would look like as services and facilities start re-opening. And, what better way to do that than with a GIF. Using POI data as points on the map, each new phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, is a fresh load of points added to the map.

If you missed it last week, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

If you are sat there thinking “WOW! how did they do that?!” keep reading and you’ll find out.
For the GIF we focused on one area, Oxfordshire specifically, to make it easier to identify the individual points of interest as we move towards another ‘new’ normal.
From Datacutter, the latest Points of Interest (POI) were downloaded and split into individual files following the different stages of the roadmap out of lockdown. Including the lockdown phase, there are 6 frames of the GIF. Lockdown, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, and 4.

These can be generally signified by these milestones:
1a – Schools go back.
1b – 2 households can meet outdoors.
2 – Non-essential retail can open.
3 – Pubs and hospitality open with restrictions.
4 – No social distancing restrictions (still no international travel)

What is POI?
The point of interest dataset is collated from around 150 authoritative supplies, providing a full range of points. Divided into categories by purpose, such as recreation or public infrastructure. The points include commercial ventures such as cafés or clubs, to public infrastructure such as post boxes or bus stops, and even includes natural fixtures like greenspaces.

Within DataCutter the individual groups and categories can be filtered down to find the specific points we needed for each phase. This is then exported as an .CSV file and into QGIS for our map making. This was certainly a lot quicker than finding the information manually! Particularly for a large area such as Oxfordshire.

Within QGIS, we styled the services, assigning each a different colour making them easier to identify on the maps.
Ordnance Survey’s Zoomstack was used for the background, as this has a great Night style option which when merried with bright colours works perfectly to highlight how things will change for Oxfordshire over the next couple of months.
We then placed on top the OS Highways road network and the county’s boundary to place the points of interest into context.
The usual features that you might find on a map such as a legend, title, or scale, etc. were added at the end. Video editing software Premier Pro brought it all together to create the GIF with each map representing the steps towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

Now as we know, these phases are all subject to change, but for now we can enjoy the idea that every new point is a place we can visit that isn’t just going for a walk.

Keziah is the Digital Marketing Executive at Basemap Ltd. She has almost 2 years experience in the digital realm after graduating from the University of Plymouth with a BA in Illustration and an MA in Publishing.