Main St., Bishop, California

Main St., Bishop, California - student project

Main St., Bishop, California - image 1 - student project

This is Bishop, California. I lived here with my husband and two young children in 2005 - it was very different to living in the inner suburbs of Sydney, Australia! It's full of charm and character and is surrounded by mountain ranges.

Main St., Bishop, California - image 2 - student projectThe local Kmart & Vons grocery store - even going grocery shopping was a delight!


Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.

For fun. 

Why am I the expert to create this map?

I'm not really. I have more of a tourist than a local viewpoint of the area and haven't been there for 8 years. I can ask my 'Bishop local' friends on Facebook, however, for feedback.

Who is my target audience?

(Tourists who drive through Bishop on the 395 Highway or newcomers to the area. )

Correction: new audience - me, as a new person to the area and a young mum. I want to map the places that were important to me while I was there.

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)

It will be digital - less mess and no kids drawing all over it!

If I have the time, I'd like it to be interactive, so if you hover over it on a web page, more details are revealed. 

What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.)

Mmmm. Good question. :-P

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

...go about answering the previous question.  I want the map to be helpful to find stores, parks, restaurants on Main St. but in a non-boring way, more personal way. Does anyone have any examples that would fit the bill?


I recently made a map for a friend's church in Bishop - just after I signed up for this class - great timing, huh?! I figured since I have already started the process of mapping the area, I should build on what I have started. This map does the job, but it lacks flare. 

Main St., Bishop, California - image 3 - student project

My favourite part in doing this map is a part you can hardly see - the 'Tri County Fair' sign. The entrance to the fairgrounds has an old retro style sign that can't be missed. I had fun replicating the typography.

Main St., Bishop, California - image 4 - student project

This is the sign above the road entering the fairgrounds.

Main St., Bishop, California - image 5 - student project

I found some typefaces similar to the sign and used those to help me do this sketch.

Main St., Bishop, California - image 6 - student project

I then altered the lettering in Ilustrator to make it look more like the original sign and made a teeny tiny version to put on the map. I'd like to more of this kind of thing for the map of Main St. There are lots of interesting signs to be found in Bishop...

Main St., Bishop, California - image 7 - student project

Mac's Sporting Goods, Plate 2 by Thomas Hawk, on Flickr

Main St., Bishop, California - image 8 - student project

Townhouse Motel by Thomas Hawk, on Flickr

To start the process of mapping Main St, Bishop, I took a virtual walk using Google Maps and made and drew a very rough map of every store. This jogged my memory as to where everything is. The next step is to decide what gets included in the map and what doesn't.

Main St., Bishop, California - image 9 - student project

This is what I have come up so far. I've omitted a lot of stores and it looks a little bare. I'm still having trouble trying not be accurate. I think I need to draw my little icons larger.

Main St., Bishop, California - image 10 - student project