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: http://flowingdata.com/2013/03/08/the-world-as-one-city/
I'll also occasionally browse visual.ly for map visualizations submitted by the community.