Adventure Travel Beta

Adventure Travel Beta - student project

I love me some maps. I'm sure you understand this.


WEEK 1 Project: Hand Drawn Maps

Map 1: A Typical Day in the Life of Cooper

Adventure Travel Beta - image 1 - student project

This is Cooper - He's 5, a border/collie lab mix who likes long walks, sliding in the snow, swimming and jumping off docks into water. 

Adventure Travel Beta - image 2 - student project

Map 2: Directions from Park City

Adventure Travel Beta - image 3 - student project

Even with Google Maps, it's hard to tell people how to get here, so I drew a little picture that I can send to friends.

Week 2 Project: Imaginary Cities

Adventure Travel Beta - image 4 - student project

The idea for the paper cut map really appealed to me. It was an interesting experiment in urban planning as well. I started off with a lot of random shapes that I fitted together, but as I filled it in more, I started creating shapes for how I wanted the city to be. The large curvy section on the left middle became the city park with the old historic part of the city to the left. As you move towards the right, the city becomes more orderly and planned.

I had fun imagining where I want to live and what the architedcture would be like.


Final Project: Overview

  • Why am I making this map?

I want to make a map of southern utah that can be hung on our wall in our vacation house so we (or our guests) can look at it and pick out our adventure for the day.  I want the map to include climbing walls, hikes, biking, picnic spots, swimming holes, and any other features worth visiting like hot springs, beautiful vistas or historic locations.

  • Why am I the expert to create this map?

We love southern utah and have spent a fair amount of time there, but we are definitely still learning about it. While I'm not expert anything, no one else is going to make the map for me.

  • Who is my target audience?

Me, my husband and our guests

  • Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? How is going to be used/held? What other constraints do I need to keep in mind moving forward? 

I want the final map to be printed so it can be hung on a wall. I need a good base layer, preferably a topo map that I can add things to. I also want the ability to add to the map as time goes on if we find new things. So the map will be printed but the extra elements will be added by hand. To get the area I need though, I may have to digitally stitch some maps together.

  • What level of detail do I need to include? 

The base map should include major streets, features and topo lines. After it is printed I will add specific spots to the map. A notebook we keep in the house can include additional information and directions to each spot.

  • Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to.....

Getting the base topo layer for the area I want to show. If I can't download one map, how do I accurately stitch the maps together?


Bridgette Meinhold

Artist & Freelance Writer