Updated Mar, 10th 2013
Pardon me, Los Angeles, how far to...?
This hand drawn map came from a conversation I had with a friend. She works in real estate with a lot of out of town clients and she realized that when giving directions in Los Angeles, we tend to talk time and not miles. I think because miles in LA can mean many different things at certain times of the day depending on where you want to go. The above map is the time it takes to go various places under optimal circumstances meaning, no traffic. The starting point is from where I currently live.
San Gabriel is a quirky city located east of Los Angeles. Known more for amazing authentic Chinese food and history dating back to the California Missions than its mid century architecture, San Gabriel does in fact have excellent examples of the Googie style. A style influenced by car culture, the Space Age and the Atomic Age. Many of these aging examples are on the chopping block for developers with projects in the works to make way for newer buildings. I would like to create a map to remember these whimsical places throughout the city.
Why am I making this map: Bring attention to this interesting characteristic of the city. I don't think people realize how much is here.
Why am I the expert to create this map: I work for the City of San Gabriel and would like to bring attention to these endangered features.
Who is my target audience: Architecture and history lovers. Visitors to the city. Those with a sense of curiosity.
Do I want my final project to be printed or digital: I would like to do both.
What level of detail do I need to include: Streets, original business, architect information
Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to: I would love any feedback or advice on my design and content to make it clear and fun!
*I'm getting a late start so I hope to have my hand drawn map in the next few days and catch up!