“I wisely started with a map.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

In addition to indexing, Brave New Word offers cartographic services, a craft of a different kind yet still dedicated to the art of detail. Here, words are translated into symbols and a legend, like an index, provides key information to help guide the reader.

THE cartographer

Celia Braves is the designer of not just any old maps, but thoughtful maps, blended with creativity and functionality that accentuate and situate places, themes, and spatial information. With over a decade of experience behind her, she has produced maps for scholarly publications, magazines, marketing materials, and websites.


Celia received her training in cartographic design at Ryerson University through the Applied Digital Geography and GIS program. She also holds a geography degree from the University of Toronto and maintains a network of clients developed through her work with the University of Toronto cartography lab.


Celia specializes in vector map design using ArcGIS applications and tools. She employs various geospatial techniques, including image processing, georeferencing and spatial analysis, to create thematic maps in black and white, and colour renderings. She can produce maps to capture contemporary and historical spatial representations.


The first step to mapmaking is research. A considerable amount of sleuthing is involved to acquire the most accurate and up-to-date Geographic Information Systems (GIS) datasets. Materials for map production are solely acquired in the public domain using open source licenses. Celia is knowledgeable of and attentive to relevant copyright restrictions and intellectual property norms and complies with all legalities in her work.


The rate for map production is $60/hour CAD. A flat rate can be negotiated and agreed upon ahead of time. It should be noted that it takes a minimum of 5 hours to produce a basic black and white, publishable map.

For more information or to receive a quote, contact Brave New Word cartographic services.

A few samples to peruse . . .