Haarlem Walks map

Haarlem Walks map - student project

My partner started hosting city walks in our city Haarlem in the Netherlands. He is getting many positive responses and has asked me to design his own Haarlem Walks city map. When we were in Thailand last year we came across Nancy Chandler's drawn maps and thought they were pretty amazing. I'm hoping this skillshare will help me create a fun map that people want to keep as a souvenir :)

Why am I making this map? I'm making this map for tourists in Haarlem who are interested in history of the city and it's almshouses and gardens especially. It's not meant as a guide map but more as a souvenir afterwards

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

How is it going to be used/ held? It will be held during the city tour but is actually more of a souvenir to see where you've been on the walk

Why am I the expert to create this map? I'm not but my man will be experting me through in terms of content.

What level of detail do I need to include? names, (some) addresses, descriptions, color coding perhaps


So we embark and get sketching, it takes us a while to get in the groove, esp. my man is having a hard time enjoying the bumps of designing. While I try to encourage him by saying: just make a bunch and you'll see that every single one is better than the last one. You'll get into it as long as you keep going. But after two hours he's made 5 sketches and I only one, ha! I'm pretty happy with this first draft but I would like to move away from the flat surface/based on real map type thing. Because our self-imposed assignment was really specific: points of interest are predetermined and should have a place on the map that can actually be found. However I think I did a decent attempt to make it more playful, not worrying too much about accuracy and designing something that encourages a walker to explore the nooks, crannies and alleyways of the city for him/herself. Excellent for a wobbly bobbly old city like Haarlem.

Haarlem Walks map - image 1 - student project

Oh yeah! Totally forgot, i also browsed away and stuck all the good stuff up on a pinterest board. Have a look here. I tend to like really abstract ones but make very realistic maps :) And let's have a look at this test.....I don't discriminate hahaha I thought it was a trick question so checked abstract artist everywhere (there's something beautiful in all of them i reckon!) so got 50%. I 'm just gonna go ahead and not reflect on that outcome for too long :D 

Imaginary map from this week's exercises. Mapping my heartstrain.

Haarlem Walks map - image 2 - student project