I work on the top floor of a pretty typical office building except, because we're a government agency, there are locked doors all over the place and you can only get through them with a badge. From my team's space in the office, there are two directions you can use to access the Three Most Important Things in the office, which I'm sure I don't have to tell you are:
- the breakroom (coffee, keeper of my lunch)
- the bathroom
- the elevators (freedom)
Both ways appear to be equi-distant, especially when factoring in the hallway maze, distance to the Three Most Important Things, locked door obstacles and whatnot. HOWEVER, my boss and I both argue that one way is better/faster than the other, but we disagree on which direction that better/faster way is.
So, I took a blueprint of the floor, surveyed the land, and made a more readable hand-drawn map. I walked through all the scenarios, counting steps as I went, to determine which way is better/faster.
It turns out she's right.
Apparently I prefer my way because it's the more scenic route. So I still maintain that it is better, but I can no longer maintain that it is faster.
- Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.
To settle an argument between me and my boss.
- Why am I the expert to create this map?
I walk these halls countless times every day.
- Who is my target audience?
It was my boss, but now that I've proven she's right....it'll be our little secret.
- 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 think this map would work both in print and digitally. We could use it digitally if you needed to quickly reference. Or, for those pesky times one gets lost going to the bathroom, one could carry a copy along.
- What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.)
Since I started with a blueprint of the floor, I ended up eliminating a ton of information and I actually drew three versions of this before I had eliminated enough info to make it even a little bit useful. It was a nice exercise in editing myself.
The most important elements in the map are: the starting point; the end points; and the proper paths between those points.
- Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to.....
Keep this information from my boss.