Getting to Know - WNY

Getting to Know - WNY - student project

Getting to Know - WNY - image 1 - student project

I recently moved up to Western New York, where everyone knows where everything is; unless of course you are not from there (like myself). I have always been wanting to do a map of some sort. I have thought about my hometown, my college town, even a town I would love to see. I have decided for this project to focus on now, my current surroundings.

So for this project I plan to put together a map of Western NY, mostly consisting of Buffalo and Rochester. I want to include some main roads, the 90 and 490, the roads I commute on daily. So there is a connection between the two cities. I want to highlight the small towns along the way with the museums, parks, learning centers, and local landmarks.

I want to not only expand my knowledge on my current surroundings, but also challenge myself to make this map. I am looking forward to this.

  • Why am I making this map? I am making this map for fun. I want to beatifully communicate my surroundings and enjoy it while creating it.
  • Why am I the expert to create this map? I am the expert to create this map because I am not from here. I am going into this using the places I have either been to, or want to explore in the future while being here.
  • Who is my target audience? My target audience is myself, vistors, and anyone who may be interested in this area.
  • 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? (Note type can be smaller on printed maps than when viewed on web) I think I want to do a small simplified printed verison first almost like a post card, then I would like to create an interactive digital map in the future. Something I can turn into a simple website to tap into those skills.
  • What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.) I want it to be simplistic. I want names, some streats and color coding. For the digital version in the future I may look more into more detail.
  • Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to..... Communicate my ideas in a way that make sense, any and all feedback is encouraged and welcome. What good is it without a good critque.

Hand-Drawn Maps

This first one maps my runs, when I first got up to Western New York. I was training for a Half Marathon and I thought it was a nice way to get to know my surroundings and get out of the house.

Getting to Know - WNY - image 2 - student project2nd - Daily Commute - I have an hour drive to work. Basic Line map with some dots of places along the way

Getting to Know - WNY - image 3 - student project

Abstract Maps

I went the second idea, working from a small segment of a map to see how it is put together. ( I wanted to do the paper one, but that really did not work out so well for me.) I related it back to my project by showing the main street of the current, very small town I live in, compared to a section of the neightborhood I grew up in, and also ran around a lot. I used colors I liked, and I am really happy with how this turned out. I really like taking a step back and looking at just the shapes. This assignment really helped me as I guessed it would. I feel confident that I can creat my final project now. But I thought it would be fun to compare. Getting to Know - WNY - image 4 - student project

Final Project Preparations - Google Maps

I created a Google map that I will help to make my final map for the Buffalo and Rochester Section, but it is a map of places I have traveled to with my boyfriend. I thought it was a great idea, so I made one of places we have been and places we want to go.

I am pretty bummed that I did not get a chance to finish the project before the end of the class... crazy week. However, I will keep updating my board and hope that someone out there may give me some feedback, if you like.

Megan Asbeck

Graphic + Web Designer I Photographer