Bespoke wall map from Printed Space helps autistic boy
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By James Matthews-Paul
16 August 2011
Printed Space says that its map graphics are particularly popular with schools, offices and estate agents
Printed Space, a Morecambe-based company specialising in large-format graphics for home and office environments, has told Output about the popularity of its HP latex-printed map murals and their recent use in a DIY SOS project to help an autistic child visualise his local area.
"The designers for [BBC One programme] DIY SOS approached me a few months ago when filming started to see if we could create a bespoke map for Thomas, who is autistic," explains Michelle Holt, director. "They wanted to have a certain area of Kent featured within the wall space, so Thomas could follow the roads where his mum went to work and where he went to school, and where his family and friends lived."
The company has worked with map creators A-Z for the last four years, using HP's latex technology to produce wallpapers, vinyl cushion floor products, blinds and other interior applications. Holt says that map colours can be altered to suit the space, and that specific locations can be centralised. For this project, a textured wallpaper was used.
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