News: 2 August 2019Graphic Communication team illustrates Edinburgh to help City’s homeless

We have teamed up with two local charities to raise money for homeless people in Edinburgh with the creation of an eye-catching hand-illustrated map showing off the city’s ‘invisible’ history that will be on sale this summer.

Final touches are being made to the quirky map, which features well-known and hidden landmarks with hand drawn illustrations, before it is available to purchase later this year to raise money for local charities Social Bite and social enterprise Invisible Cities, who train homeless people to become tour guides in the city.

It has taken our graphic design team almost a year to produce the somewhat intriguing map, which features obvious landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament building and Arthurs Seat whilst also captures a hidden part of the city that is perhaps less known to locals and visitors. 

We worked closely with Invisible Edinburgh founder, Zakia Moulaoui, and her team of tour guides; including Sonny Murray who had been homeless in the past. He took a team from the design and planning consultancy on the famous tour that showcased some of the various characters and stories spanning more than 100 years of Edinburgh history. A series of workshops were held to help shape the map and even our clients plotted out their favourite parts in the city at the company’s annual Edinburgh Festival party last year.

Sonny Murray said: “My tour of Edinburgh showcases hidden parts of the city as well as projects that support homeless people. It's really important to me to show them so we can raise awareness about homelessness in general and the solutions that are found. This map is another way to do it!”

Our Partner in Edinburgh, Stephen Tucker, said: “As planners, masterplanners and architects, we work across Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. All our design work emerges from a strong understanding of place, and on appreciation of how people from all backgrounds, use and value place.

“Our designers have done a fantastic job in creating this map to celebrate Edinburgh. With over 570 hand-drawn elements, that have been chosen by people who work and live here, representing Edinburgh’s culture, people, music, history and places. The map really highlights the City’s cultural strengths and what a great place it is to live, work and visit.

“What is particularly unique and special about this map is that it also shows a side of the City many of us don’t see – the hidden corners that are home to stories of inspiring people who have turned their life around after falling on hard times. Hopefully the map will raise a good amount of money for these two important organisations.”

Andrew Bailie, Community Engagement Manager at Social Bite, added: “We are delighted to be working with Barton Willmore on this innovative project. Our cafes, Social Bite Village and Housing First Program are meeting the needs of hundreds of people. This map is a valuable opportunity to highlight the perspectives of people who have experienced homelessness in the historic city of Edinburgh. Furthermore, purchases will help to fuel our efforts to end homelessness, for good.”

We have also created illustrations for Bristol, Manchester, Cambridge and Reading with thousands of pounds being raised for local charities in areas the company calls home.

Follow @bartonwillmore and @socialbite_ on Twitter to get updates and information for where it will be on sale.

Register your interest in buying a copy of the map here.


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