I am from the humbled woods through the hollowed barn.
AT LAST! We finally got to meet. I loved class today. It was so nice finally getting to meet everyone. Honestly for me, the most interesting was finally getting to put a face to the blogs that we’ve been discussing all semester. It’s been a different experience communicating through the use of a blog, rather then getting to meet face to face. But, don’t get me wrong, its been fun! I just didn’t know what to expect for class today.
I loved getting to read everything that was written on the dry erase boards, too. It was so interesting to see what was memorable to some, what were lies to others, and what connections some people had to maps. Can’t wait to go around OKC tomorrow to show AUM students the invisible city that Leigh and I made!
Here goes another chance at describing my map to you all:).
Okay, so Leigh (also known as Charting the Stars) and I had a very hard time settling on an area that we wanting to include in our map. We threw thoughts together and decided to include 10 buildings and sites that we thought would be interesting to show the AUM students.
We kept mulling over how we were going to actually form our map, and well, we saw an old and dirty cloth that Dr. Hessler had brought to class in the treasure chest of creative goodies. What can we say… We were inspired. Now that we had the base of our map, we starting focusing on the area of OKC that we wanted to focus on. We decided we wanted to choose things in the downtown area so that it would be relatively close for the AUM students. We then started to throw out different places that we thought they should at least drive by and see.
After class we decided we would drive by each place that we had chosen and take a quick picture to put on our map (although we hadn’t decided exactly what our map was going to look like). That night we got together in my room and as we looked back at our pictures, we noticed that we saw things that weren’t really there. That’s when we finally had an idea of what our map may include.
The white squares have the title that we gave the place, or building, based on what we had imagined at these areas. Underneath the white square there is a picture of what we saw as opposed to what’s actually there (the third picture).
We used real images to show the AUM students how the buildings and places honestly look, but to trigger the imagination, we included an edited version of the image based upon what we saw as we looked back at our pictures.
Sorry for the cloth and stapled pictures. We really just wanted to focus on using the imagination to show how people perceive things in many different ways.
I chose to compare and contrast a wordle map of who I am and a map of pictures that have influenced me. They both explain who I am to people, but in different ways. The wordle uses only words to describe the kind of person I am and things that really mean something to me. The picture map shows readers what I’m like and what things have influenced me overtime. I think the biggest contrast between the two maps of my life is the fact that the picture map is just so much more visual than the wordle. I know this is probably an obvious difference between the two, but I found it much easier to express myself through the picture map. I’m a big visual learner, so putting my influences into pictures was much easier. As for the wordle, I found it challenging to choose which words would represent me well, because I knew I had to limit the words to not make it visually exhausting and overloaded. Both maps represent me very well. They each have some overlapping traits and influences, but they express my identity in different ways.
I chose a picture of the “Clue” board game as my map. It is full of colors and borders that are able to reach children and adults. This may not seem like a map to some of you, but indeed it is. It’s basically a blueprint of a mansion. But, it’s no ordinary blueprint… It’s blueprint that is showing people rooms that might have held one of the murders. The yellow represent the spaces on the board that players can move to and from. But, the yellow is outlined with thin black lines. These black lines hold significance in how this map is handled. The squares create restrictions, boundaries, that cause players to play by a certain set of rules. This board gives players a blueprint of where they are allowed to maneuver throughout the mansion. This is adding complexity to the idea that this map is a blueprint. It’s not only outlining where players may go, but it is also enforcing how players are allowed to move around, creating these restrictions.
The color that stands out the most in this map is the yellow on the floor. The yellow connects the whole map. It connects room to room, and it is mapped out in tiles to allow for the number each player may move. Monmonier talks about the idea of maps using simultaneous contrast (pg. 172). This map has the central color yellow, but each of the rooms has contrasting colors and themes. Since the rooms are such different colors, it makes it easier for the eye to see and realize that each room is its’ own entity. The contrast between the rooms and the yellow floor allow the players eyes to understand the different entities of the board game. The colors are used as a way to help people of all different ages understand how the blueprint is set up, and how they should handle it.
At first, I couldn’t think of how I would ever turn this toy into a map. Then I realized it was a map all along and I didn’t need to turn it into one! I used this map, because it’s a very unexpected choice for this assignment. Many people, including myself, wouldn’t consider this as map at first glance. Next time you get out a board game, I challenge each and every one of you to consider how the board acts as a map :).