My daily commute takes me through a majoriy of metro Detroit and on a good day is a true test of my willpower. I travel from the very outskirts of the city proper, into downtown Detroit; I park and walk 4 blocks to one of Detroit's finest buildlings: the Guardian Building (cover photo).
Upon my return commute, I travel to the western subarb of Northville to pick up my two small children from daycare. We picked this place (20 miles from my home) becuase it was close to my husbands work. He now works no where near here but we love the school so alas, we make the trek.
Leaving daycare, I pretty much leave the city and suburbs behind me and travel on 2 unpaved roads passing 2 horse farms, a small home farm consisting of sheep and chickens and finally into our sleepy small town.
The commute as I mentioned tests me everyday; but the love of the city, the farms and my home make it worthwhile (most days).
Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.
I'm making this map to gain a better appreciation for all the unique and amazing things I see everyday and remind myself to look around me more.
Why am I the expert to create this map?
Yes, it is my commute and experiences after all!
Who is my target audience?
This map is actually for me, and maybe my family to fully understand the craziness of my commute. I also think any metro detroit commuter would love to see these kind of maps.
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 see this as a fun, vibrant printed poster.
What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.)
My hand drawn sketch is my initial route. I'd like to eventually draw this with enough icons to represent the lakes, parks, suburbs,city and whatnot that i pass so that I don't have to include street names - the icons will clue you in as to where you're at on the map.