wednesday 21 April 2010
Photographing some landmarks in Kirkcaldy in Dysart and back in the town centre as I gather the final images for the mapping print ed output for SID submission. I do not really know how it will turn out like yet as I would like to include some of my own drawings of the architectural buildings for insertion into the proposed map. I will probaerbly produce a hand-drawn map, scan it into photoshop and add in the photos there before transferring to InDesign to add the text work
STRATEGIC INFORMATION DESIGN
The project submissions are due on Monday 3 May 2010. At the moment I am considering producing a map for my print output and to make my wordpress blog more informative as my website prescence. The decision to produce a map comes from some of the physical research I have carried out as part of my main masters research project : TRANSITIONAL PORTALS.
PRINT OUTPUT Kirkcaldy, as the main subject of my research project, has had a series of previous informative maps , from illustrative historical layouts, bus route maps, tourist information maps and general street-finding maps used mainly by the local population as an occasional reference point. Most of these mapping solutions have a series of advertising sponsorship to enable them to be published.
I feel that, based on my current research on what is available, a new integrated map solution is required to update the town’s urban development, which have grown substantially over the last few years. For a print publication, I will have to take a wide range of factors into consideration as well as recognising that there is a wider range of stakeholders who would need input to such a publication. It is unlikely that I will be able to gather this input before the project deadline.
On my WordPress.com blog page, it has a lot of relevant information about what I have researched on my overall masters project. The blog is okay, BUT, it does not have active links and tags as virtually no-one apart from a few of my closest friends and family. Blogging is a new skill that I have been developing and I suppose that its style and content should reflect the individual who created it, but I feel that the factors that are really missing, will be judged as a major problem when I am marked on its content and style etc.
Therefore, I must now open up the content to more expert groups to gain some feedback and comments to make it more purposeful and effective as a piece of SID ( Strategic Information Design ). I am also comparing my efforts with other MDes students, who seem to have made them a lot more professional and more understated than my blog. I also need to follow other blogs more actively in order to let other blog sites and bloggers see and make comments ( hopefully) on my blog content.