Mental Maps: More Inspiration + More Mapping Resources

by hlegris

Over the course of the next two weeks, I will be asking you to bring visual elements into your presentation of your project – to make these spaces begin to come alive in new and dynamic ways for your viewers/audience/yourself.

So, here are some more maps! Everything Sings! (check out the links below that article, too) creative cartographies! map scribbles! take some time and explore these mental maps of san francisco. also, there is a resurgence of this idea of psychogeography (a little obscure but interesting) – and take a look at these smell maps, too – here’s another.  Something else, simple but cool, fallen fruit mapping.

On Friday, I’ll be asking you to storyboard out your website visually and present a visual scheme for your map – which means exploring some of the following resources even if you’re not yet prepared to use them. By the end of this week, you should be able to produce a report that includes a collection of what you’ve gathered/researched thus far, your storyboard for your website, and some sort of visualization for your map itself. Obviously, the descriptive web-text will help with this process as well. Please take some time and check out these mapping resources and decide if any of them will be helpful for your needs – you will need to know how you want to go about constructing your map in a digital format in addition to how you desire it to appear:

– Google Earth – provides you with satellite imagery but is more dynamic and versatile than simple overviews of a place. If you would like, you can go back in time, annotate maps with your own comments and markers, add links and images, and produce your own layers and photos – here is a tutorial. This is a great way to create tours of a place, adding in your own content to a pre-existing map.

– GeoCommons.com – I just took a brief tutorial on this; it is a little less intuitive than google earth but you can easily produce your own maps using data here, so take some time to look around this website.

– WalkingPapers.org – you can use this for printing out base maps for mental/paper mapping, and you can scan them back in digitally and they will be automatically georeferenced for you, which means that they will fall in the right location in Google Earth or a similar mapping platform.

-Scribblemaps.com – much more analog-seeming but still on a digital platform.

-Epicollect.net – this can be used to collect digital data in the field using a smartphone. It can function as a gps-enabled survey, and can be used to annotate photos, record sounds, etc, which you can then place into a digital map.

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