San Francisco

San Francisco - student project

First Assignment (2/25/13)

San Francisco - image 1 - student project

Being somewhat a San Francisco newbie, I'm constantly drawing maps to make sense of the city. Life here seems pretty split in terms of neighborhoods. Whenever friends travel up here to visit, I draw them a rough map like this one.

It's pretty rough and most definitely misses a couple neighborhoods. I'm hoping to do something SF related for my final project as a way to better understand the city but also to share that knowledge with anyone who wants to understand SF at a deeper level.

  • Why am I making this map? I made this particular map as a quick way to illustrate SF neighborhoods to a friend. For my final project, I'd actually like to dive deeper into details and as I mentioned somewhere earlier, focus on some favorite trails. These could be walking paths or bike trails. This would mostly be for the sake of having fun, but a great way to understand the city and share that knowledge.
  • Why am I the expert to create this map? I've lived in the city for a year now and can't claim to be an expert, but I'm biking every week and learning of new paths every time.
  • Who is my target audience? Myself and possibly visiting friends.
  • 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? I'm leaning towards a digital map, possibly something dynamic.
  • What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.) Definitely street names and major landmarks to indicate where paths go.

I got into visualizations with Nathan Yau's blog called flowingdata. It's not completely focused on maps, but a lot of posts are map visualizations. Here's a late post that's actually very relevant:

I'll also occasionally browse for map visualizations submitted by the community.