For some reason I’ve had a hard time with the whole wayfinding idea. Why, I do not know. So of course I took to my good friend Google, which actually help shed light on this dark corner of my mind:
Whenever I searched “wayfinding,” I came across variants of this system, which is the Eureka Tower Car Park in Melbourne, Australia. It was created by a Hamburg based designer Axel Peemoeller while working for Emery Studio. Visually it is engaging, but at the same time, I’m not sure how well it works. The though it it’s pretty and creative, but is it useful for drivers?
A relatively obvious wayfinding system that I did not think of: hospital directories! Using text, usually designed in a clear and concise manner, these systems use arrows to guide you to where you need to go. What’s easier than that?
Once again, another obvious choice that I missed: mall maps! The different colors let you know what various areas of the mall are. Granted, people sometimes stare at these things forever (some of us have harder times, such as myself), the idea is clear and understandable.
It took me a moment to deduce what my favorite passage was and then it hit me:
“According to greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” -Plato, The Symposium
I never read The Symposium, though I came across this while surfing Instagram one evening. As soon as I read it, I fell in love, so of course I screenshot and posted it immediately.
I believe I love it so because of the picture it paints–imagine if this were true. Many people search high and low for their “other half”–what if he/she was literally your other half? Fascinating.
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Yeah Bush, I feel ya.
Project 5 is easy. Too easy. Which is why I smell a mental set-up, which I will not engage in. That being said, doing a campus tour is the obvious route. But I don’t want to be obvious. I’ve been dabbling in ideas for my map, but I am seriously stumped. Hood is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but boy was it boring. You literally had to create your own fun. How do you map “your own fun”?
There were dorm parties, off campus parties, midnight games of tag on the quad, walks to Sheetz and more. I have no clue how to make these type of things work for this project. Any ideas?
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And we’re back!
This week’s “Show and Tell” was to find three examples of maps that visually communicate their subject matter. That being said, let’s take a look at what I found!
The above map is the Cunningham Park Mountain Bike Trail Map in Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY. Like many bike maps, it’s very clean and easy to read, which is important for bike riders. That and it isn’t overwhelming, as many maps can be. Lastly the legend is very easy to understand, which, once again is great for bikers.
One of the best places you can be: a water park! This one is for Typhoon Lagoon Park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. While this one has more information, visually, it is an exact replica of the park. Thus, people who visit for the day know exactly where they are and how to get exactly where they want.
The number one best place to be: an amusement park! This particular park is Six Flags in New Orleans. I chose this one because it reminded me of being younger and going to amusement parks with my family. We would always grab a map and reference it after every ride. They were always reliable because–like the water park map–it is an exact replica of the park and you know where you are and where it go next.
What about you guys? Have any favorite maps? Share below…
So as the time draws near to revise our projects, I realize that I can really use you guy’s help. All of you lovely ladies and lads who are doing well or just have an eye for design, could you please comment with some ideas of what I could look at for inspiration as I move forward? It would mean the world to me and aide SO MUCH in my growth (and confidence!).
This week’s “Show and Tell” involves reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses from the last three projects. That being said, let’s jump right in why don’t we?
- Writing: My writing is actually a strength and weakness. More about the weakness later, but for now we’ll focus on the strength aspect. My writing is not that far off, content wise–I do very well gathering the information and presenting it cohesively. It’s been–and still is–a work in progress. I used to have difficulty getting rid of extra information. Needless to say, it’s not where it could be, but it’s come damn far (B+’s this semester).
- Photography: As many of you know (I’m looking at you Brooks and Cannon), my photos are phenomenal. Okay, not phenomenal (they’re taken with an iPad for Christ’s sake), but they have been known to be mistaken for professional photos, which I’m quite proud of. I feel that a photo really helps bring a story to life, which can make or break your project.
- Read better writing!
- Take more pictures!
- Writing: As stated, my writing is a strength and weakness. While I do very well gathering the information and presenting it cohesively, it’s BORRRIINNNGGG! Which is funny because as I sit here typing away, I’m quite comfortable and feel quite witty. Nonetheless, when writing in an academic atmosphere I freeze up. I believe it has to be academic in nature, though magazine articles (such as those I have to write for school) are supposed to be fun and exciting and worth the read. The great part is I’ve figured out what needs fixing. Now it’s a matter of fixing it.
- Design: I used to think my design was quite strong, yet since starting in the class my confidence level has plummeted. Things that worked for me in the past and that I received good reviews and feedback on are…let’s just say not doing well this go round. Instead of going in depth (because I can go on about my design sadness), I’ll just say that that, like my writing is a work in progress.
- Read better writing!
- Research better design techniques!
- Subscribe to ComArts!
What about you guys? Any strengths or weaknesses you’d like to share or fixes for mine? Share below…
So Giordana and I fell in love with the same exact card of the four that I presented to her. That being said, she would like to see a line about “ringing in the new year”–any ideas regarding font and location (the year will be changed to 2014)?
This week’s assignment truly stumped me. We were instructed to “put up something that has to do with description. Anything — a visual description, a verbal description,” and while that should have been simple as pie, I found it anything but.
Yet of course with a little digging and an open mind, I came across http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2013/09/17/brooklyn-foodies-supper-in-silence/?mod=WSJBlog
After reading the title, I know many of you are familiar with the ad I am going to post. If not, take a look below:
Soooo…yeahhh…that was painful. While I am all for being drug-free and spreading that word throughout the world, but this particular ad didn’t say much of anything–my brain is breakfast? Anywho, the print version isn’t much better:
Right. Share your thoughts below…