Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!

Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!  - student project

Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!  - image 1 - student project

 

Map Assignment 2;

Using Google Maps and Photoshop I traced a portion of London.

 

Map Assignment 1:

Maps have always told me a story. I just unfold them and they begin their tale. It doesn’t matter if they are old and worn and beginning to tear at the folds, a globe in my third grade class room, my umbrella with the map of the world from 1989 before the wall fell, a spiraled bound road atlas (any year will do) or a Google map on an iPad. There is a story there waiting to be discovered. So my maps will also tell a story.

My hand drawn map story took place in October of 2007. On a day trip out of Budapest, Hungary to Eszetgrom my husband spied a bridge that crossed the Danube into Slovakia. Always eager to add another stamp to our passport we decided to be spontaneous and go check out another country.

The map I have hand-drawn shows the route we took from Eszetgrom Cathedral, through Slovakian border control (where the guards were dressed in 1980s era Soviet uniforms and kept our passports for a good ten minutes) into the tiny town of Sturovo, Slovakia. There we withdrew the lowest denomination of money from the ATM (seems like it was 1 million koruna) looked for postcards, souvenirs and had a beer at The Corner Pub right next to the border crossing.

Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!  - image 2 - student project

 

Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!  - image 3 - student project

Crossing the bridge into Slovakia.

 

Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!  - image 4 - student project

Border crossing where the Slovakia guards kept our passport for over 10 minutes. Yikes!

Map Projects 1 & 2: London Tracing and the time I walked across the Danube from Hungary to Slovakia for a beer!!  - image 5 - student project

The view of Hungary walking back from The Corner Pub in Slovakia.

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

            I am making this map for:

  • Fun
  • To tell a travel story
  • To show a particular place
  • Hopefully to help influence people to travel

 

Why am I the expert to create this map?

            I am the expert to create this map because:

  • It is my story to tell
  • I actually walked this route

Who is my target audience?

  • Anyone who likes to travel
  • Anyone who is curious about this particular place

 

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 would like my final project to be both digital and printed. I would like to make serious amounts of map creations. I could use them myself when I travel and then recommend them to people via an e-book.

 

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

  • I would like to be very detailed: turn here for this; stop here for this; look to your left etc;
  • If the walk includes cafes, shops, museums, attractions etc I would include the contact info

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

Get the picture that is in my mind onto paper and/or software programming. I can think it, but I can’t literally create it with my two hands. =(