Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc. For my own good clean fun :D
Why am I the expert to create this map? Cause I lived and ate there :)
Who is my target audience? Myself and whoever wants some suggestions for good eats in Manchester. British food gets a bad rap, but there is good food to be found! Also my friends who just like to see what curiosities I'm up to (they know I like to learn all sorts of stuff :) And to new friends here on skillshare that I have yet to meet :D
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? Both if possible, but I might just end up doing digital and sharing it online.
What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.) Street names, shop name if I can remember it, and my own little memory of what I experienced there. There might be color coding and other wizardry involved!
Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to..... Fit my lengthy memoir onto a map. I tend to ramble on too much. I get all wordy and stuff and go on for far too long than I should---oh wait, lookee here I'm doing it right now. haha
Would also love suggestions on how I can pretty this up. I noticed that I just tended to 'write' everything in words rather than 'drawing them' -- I need to think of a way to do it so it less essay and more mappy.
Here is a sample of my photos of my time there :)
Got a table outside of my favourite tea house in Manchester on an (unsually) sunny day! :) This is Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter and that's a slab of Guiness cake in front of me :D
Manchester has a BIG Christmas Market -- I was so excited cause I've never been to a Christmas market before. Their offerings in eats were a sight for the senses!
My favourite treat from the market was Spanish Paella -- lots of vendors from other parts of Europe come to Manchester when the outdoor market is on :) And that's the hugest pan I've ever seen in my life!
The lectures and assignment from second week helped me to zoom in to a particular spot in Manchester called Chorlton. I think this helped a lot as it made me feel less overwhelmed about drawing up map of a whole city.
Chorlton is a place that I might go to on a weekend when I fancy some good eats and have the time to take the bus-ride there.
Here I just drew whatever I could think of that could symbolically represent some of my fav places on the main roads. Two of these places might seem kind of odd on a foodie map:
1) Library - I do love to go in and peruse through their books, but the reason why the library is on the map is because on some weekends, Chorlton holds outdoor markets where vendors would set up their stalls just in front of the steps of the library. There would be farmers selling their produce, bakers, cheesemongers, butchers and people who sell fish too! Everything you could think of to make a great meal or snack (oh the number of cupcakes I have consumed!)
2) Oxfam Charity Shop - One of my favourite brands of chocolates I have discovered while in the UK is called Divine. There are many places that sell them, but I like getting it from Oxfam as part of the proceeds would go towards charity. :) The Dark Chocolate Ginger & Orange is my favourite - divinnnnnneeeeeee....! (http://www.divinechocolate.com/shop/chocolate-bars/dark-chocolate-ginger-and-orange/)
Here, instead of symbols, I drew a 'zoom' of what I would find at each of these places. The idea of eating and the the dots that I used to represent my path made me think of Pacman, so that's why he makes an appearance here.
Would appreciate any comments for improving my first attempt at map-making. Thanks for stopping by :D