PROCESS INSTRUCTIONS (time required: 1 to 2 hours)
Purpose: Way finding
Context: A visual representation of directions
Audience: Someone who needs to follow your route.
- Think of a route you normally walk/drive to and from, a route you know intimately without looking it up online (e.g., to work, to school, to shopping.)
- Research Do a cognitive walkthrough (Ware, pp. 162-164) in your mind: What is the starting point? What is the destination? What are the landmarks? Write down the steps to go from start to destination and use that to inform the visual design.
- What are the visual queries from start to end? What is the important information? How will your map support different visual queries? e.g., How might your map help someone answer “How should I get there? How far is it? What other types of visual queries/questions can the map support?”
- Create a sketch map to graphically explain to someone how to get from start to finish. Use what we have learned in the readings and class to decide on the visual markers, colors, textures, shapes and lines you use.
- Include a compass rose to indicate orientation and direction.
- Post your route finding map in your BLOG.
- Upload 2 photos of your map and post them to your blog. You can upload additional photos. Make them clickable.
- One photo should show the whole map.
- The second photo should focus on a detailed section of your map.
- In your post, describe what route the map shows. How did you design it? What research did you have to do?
- Describe how your brain directs the eye along the map to find the route.
Fill out this checklist AFTER you have completed your assignment and post it in your Portfolio Blog.