Wayfinding (Updated)

Wayfinding (Updated) - student project

(Update- 7/21/14)

This class was so inspiring! Over a year later, I've kept making maps, including this hand drawn map of Big Sur for a friend's wedding, complete with little sea creature couples!

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For this project, I ended up focusing on my recent trip to New York with my boyfriend. I kept handwritten notes of everywhere we went: 

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When I got home, I made a Google Map showing all of the places we visited, in the order we visited them. From there, I took screen captures of the map and stitched them together. I began tracing the landforms, roads and blocked off parks. I turned the google map black and white so it was easy to focus on the most important features. Then, I listed out everywhere we went, which gave me this:

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....BUT, I found this great tutorial on Pugly Pixels and decided it could be a little more fun! I took a lot of photos on our trip and I wanted to featue them in some way. I also wanted to learn how to make gif's, so this was a great opportunity!

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Imaginary City Project

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  • Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? A gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.
  •  I think I'm working on this project as a memory of all of the travel I've done this year with my boyfriend. We've taken about 10 trips in our first year together and It's very hard to chose which area to focus on. Reykjavik is a contender, for sure! 
  • Why am I the expert to create this map?
  • I'm definitely not, but I love to find secret, unexplored or special places. I think any map I make will focus on those. 
  • Who is my target audience?
  • Primarily myself as a memory but possibly for other visitors. 
  • 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 have a feeling it'll be printed at some point with hand drawn elements. 
  • What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding, etc.)
  • I think it would make sense to have an online element that correlates with the printed/physical piece. 
  • Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to... 
  • TBA :)

Map Inspriation: 

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Collages by Nathalie Boutte

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I've been really fascinated with transit maps since my thesis collection for my fashion BFA. I ended up screen printing and embroidering these abstracted transit maps. I was going through old journals and discovered that the inspration for my first theory and practice design course was a Crime Map of San Fransisco, of all things. 


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