Mapping the World, One Adventure at a Time

Mapping the World, One Adventure at a Time - student project

I have the travel bug, and I have it bad! A map is the first thing I get when I start plotting my next adventure. I could look at a map for days... and I'm talking just a regular old map... but what if some crazy graphics are added? Pehaps some patterns indicative of the locale? What about some words/type/language one might hear there? Or the stunning palette of colors so reminiscent of that location? Now there's something I could look at for a very long time!

I've dabbled in a little map art back in graduate school.... but when looking back at that work, I think how much I've learned since then-- not sure if it's getting married, having kids, having my own business or all of the above-- but feel I definitely have a new perspective on making a map. Here's my spot to explore.

First off: my pinterest board of map exploration:

Next up-- some projects!

Exercise 1: First Sketch - So, I stared at my blank sketch pad and couldn't decide what to do-- so decided to do something that was familiar to me -- a sketch of the neighborhoods of San Francisco. I lived in San Francisco for over 10 years... I knew it like the back of my hand... low and behold, I'm now a suburban gal! Once I finished and went over the sketch in pen-- I just had to add color-- I know, I know, it becomes less of a "sketch" but I just LOVE color!

Mapping the World, One Adventure at a Time - image 1 - student project

Excercise 1: Second Sketch

I wanted to give another sketch map a-go for excercise 1. I decided to create a "day one" of a trip that I recently had... also, make it somewhat of a "journal" of the day-- the trials and tribulations of the start of an adventure. It's very text heavy. The black and white sketch is definitely "readable" but I again experimented with a little color. For my final map, I hope to collage a lot of items-- this excercise showed me that this will can be challenging yet still keep the map readable!! 

Mapping the World, One Adventure at a Time - image 2 - student project

Questions Answered for Week One

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

I am making these maps first for me-- and second to experiment with map making as an art/design form.... I hope to come up with some looks/signature style that I can start using when creating art and products for my blog ( based on my own experiences/adventures.

Why am I the expert to create this map?

I've been to these places, I guess is my only "expertise". I'm fascinated with the places I want to map and learn more visually and culturally about each place that the maps will represent more than just a location, but a "feeling" of the place.

Who is my target audience?

Anyone interested in travel, art, design, experience, adventures, stories and more!

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?

Haven't completely thought through the "final" project-- but it will be definitely created digitally, with hand drawing worked in. As I sketch on a 9"x 12" pad, I can already tell this will not be big enough for all the info I want to have-- so I'm going for a poster size. I would imagine the final product will be printed, so you can use it, but also possibly hang it as artwork/memorbilla.

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

I'll be going for less of detailed location information and more high level info-- general overall layout/location with pictures, designs, history/context/etc. Want to think about story telling too as an aspect.