2.1 - Imaginary City
In the case of our second week assignment, I went with the paper cut map. I used a page from an old magazine. This was a really interesting project, as it got me thinking about the individual components of a map (shapes, colors, lines, patterns) as well as the precision that must go into city planning. I've been thinking about that as I walk and drive around my own city this past week and I've been trying to see the places I'm physically within as a map.
1.1 - Hand Drawn Map
I was feeling fairly uninspired with my hand drawn maps, so I kept it simple. I thought of the four states/coutries I've called home within the last 5 years and I tried to draw a simple outline of each from memory. Then, I looked up what they actually look like on a map and re-drew/compared them. The exercise got me thinking about awareness of place and how I can live somewhere and not exactly know the form it takes.
1.3 Final Project Map Questions
- Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.
I still haven't decided what excatly I will do for my final map, but I have decided I'd like it to be incorporated into my blog. So I suppose the purpose is for fun/for work/ and maybe to help others navigate my blog.
- Why am I the expert to create this map?
It's my blog and I have written and created all the content it holds.
- Who is my target audience?
My blog readers and visitors.
- 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)
My map will be digital and created using Adobe Illustror. It will not be held, but rather, viewed on screen.
- What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.)
I like simplicity. The details will be minimal: country names, continents, etc.
Project Ideas / Details
I haven't even begun to decide on a final project, but I'm toying with the following ideas:
1. Places I'd love to live / with the reasons why illustrated
(Prague: for the literary culture, Mexico City: for the food, etc.)
2. Real places and the completely unrealistic jobs I'd love to have there
(Paris: cafe barista , Pushkar: yogi, Bali: surf instructor, etc.)
3. A map of the places on my travel bucket list.
4. A map of the countries I've been and routes taken to get there.
5. A locaton map for the places/categories of my blog posts (doubletakesblog.com).
6. A fictional map of the favorite parts of all the places I've lived
7. Who knows...?