Background: I work at Urbanspoon, and one of my favorite parts of the job is adjusting city and neighborhood boundaries. Every time I open up a state to do this, I'm presented with a 38-square-mile rectangle of the map located in the geographical center of the state (based on all the restaurants there). These seemingly random but mathematically determined map snippets intrigued me and I started saving them with screenshots. I've long wanted to do something with them, to see if they were interesting when used together in some way.
Process/tools: I used GIMP to create and assemble the many layers of the map. Each element was taken from somewhere else (and credited in the bottom right).
Results: The map is decent-looking, but I'm not super excited about it, especially the way the map detail is practically invisible in the smaller states.
Next: I'm thinking of doing a follow-up project showcasing each state at a more visible size, maybe arranged in a grid or some other arrangement. At the very least, I'd like to do a new version of just New England so more detail is visible. I'd also like to add Canadian provinces - I have the data for those and the center screenshots are interesting ones.
Being in your car is like being on your own island (maybe with a couple other people). In rainy Seattle, this feels even more true since the car is often surrounded by water.
To commemorate what's important to me about my car.
It communicates my experiences with my own car.
Digital. I'll just be sharing it online.
I included details on the most important aspects of the car. Other less important things were omitted for space reasons.
... know when to stop! I'm still struggling with this.
When brainstorming, I put a flippant "the back of my hand" on my list of ideas. As I thought about it, though, I realized it was an interesting opportunity to try drawing a topographic map (and share a meaningful scar).
It turns out I do NOT know the back of my hand like the back of my hand. The unusual shapes that emerged were new to my eye.
For fun, and to try my hand at a topographical map, which I've never made before.
It's my own hand!
Just me. Seeing the end result is reassuring me that I can create maps, even by hand (not just enjoy looking at them).
This one will just be a drawing.
A topo map should have probably included more place name labels, but there are only a few of those on my hand. Given more time, I may have tried to do some measurements and added elevation numbers.
... know when to stop! How do artists ever stop fussing and tweaking with a project? I only stopped because the deadline arrived.