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Composting in Western Queens

May 4, 2013: I am working on a map to visually demonstrate food scrap drop-off sites located in western Queens. Each dot on the map represents a food scrap drop-off site or compost site. The organization host site is also included in the dots. This is the first draft of the map. I orginally had labels for all of the sites, but I'm thinking a key or other type of list elsewhere will help keep the map simple. The lines represent major throughfares in the borough.

May 7, 2013: I realized I totally forgot to answer the specific questions about this map!

Why am I making this map?

To show where people can drop off their food scraps in western Queens.

Why am I the expert to creat this map?

I am not an expert graphic designer...but I do work for an organization that sets up food scrap drop-off sites and we need a graphic to help promote our sites

Who is my target audience?

Residents of neighborhoods where we host drop-off sites AND possibly neighborhoods where we would like to host drop-off sites.

What level of detail do I need to include?

Names of sites, addresses, times of drop-offs, website

Do I want my final project to be printed or digital?

I want my final project to be printed in postcard format. One side with a map, the other with details of drop-off sites and contact information about my organization.

Dear classmates, I need your help figuring out simple ways to make this information clear, beautiful and make food scrap drop-offs look awesome and something that everyone wants to do!

Map Update: May 8, 2013

I traced this map in Illustrator over a Google map I created just to see what it would look like. I don't really know how to use Illustrator that well, but I like the way things are starting to go. I would still like it to be more colorful.

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