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Ashley Aliko

Designer of Beautiful Things



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Why am I making this map? For fun? A client? a gift? To showcase my favorite places? Etc.
Right now, I am thinking of two ideas.

1. Since my personal landscape is adjusting, maneuvering, changing in big ways... Friends coming, friends going, people are islands unto themselves... I was thinking of interpreting some of these shifts and drawing it out as a map. NOT sold on this idea yet.

2. My life in a day as a map. Achieving personal goals towards reduced weight, healthier life style.... Things like that. - Idea form. Now that I am thinking about it... It would be an ever changing map... because the bridge to fill the gap of where I am at now and where I want to be would be the transitional elements. Perhaps I can find a way to use some of Edward Tufte's ways of descripting information to make such an idea work.

Why am I the expert to create this map?
Because I look for ways and find many roads to one destination all of the time.

Who is my target audience?
Me. Perhaps someone who is interested in looking at the map. Mostly myself.

What level of detail do I need to include? (Names, addresses, contact info, street names, website, hours, descriptions, color coding etc.).
Not so much of any of the above. However, I love this line of questioning because it may help for the second idea of the life in a day of...

Do I want my final project to be printed or digital?
Prtined + Digital (especially now with all of the hand-held devices)

How is it 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).
Most likely in a goal book/journal/diary

“Dear classmates, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to.....”


1. LOVE drawing instructor from college. He enjoyed sharing the art of map making. Kurt D. Hollomon.

2. Looking at direction, weather, weather symbols... and examining my own change of emotions on a daily basis. Thinking about symbols to represent them. I have this book. Here it is presented on this site. Brain Pickings.

3. Data Visualization


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