Thinking and practise, Representations of map data .

During the past two weeks I have been analysing maps, deconstructing the design and noting down key information about them.


This is the first map I analysed. This map is a road map of Kenya Uganda and Tanayka showing roads in adjacent territories . Its from the early 1900’s before 1931. The scale (1:500000 English miles) has been translated to English miles at the side of the map from this I presume the map is aimed at tourists visiting the country. However the typography used is a sans serif therefore its very decorate which makes me think this map could be used in History textbooks for educational purposes. Basic cartographic language is used, co-ordinates are shown if you wanted to plot. Theres only basic topographical language used also, theres a few contour lines showing water but thats all. The does show some cultural artefacts however as it shows how basic the country was back then with only few roads and railways. The map could be used to study the difference between the back then and then a modern up to date version of a map of the country. This would show development. Historically it educates people how basic was back then, bus services etc were not available. the map is constructed of basic colours which are colour coded with a key. in the early 1900’s colour ink would not have been available, the technology would not have been available. The key on the side of the map is very useful it clearly, small illustrations are used to show rivers, mountains, trains etc. The direction of the map is a birds-eye view with linear qualities.


This second map is a illustrative 2D representation of Central park in New York. Because of its decorative qualities and lack of typographical information and carrographic language this map could only be used by tourists as a guide of what to do when visiting New York. The cities culture is shown through the  map as it shows points of interest, places to eat, shops and transport. From this you get an idea of how people in New York live. Because of the inaccuracy of the map it wouldn’t have any historical importance in future only to show the lifestyle of people in New York in 2013. The map is constructed informally with crayon pencils. Its an extremely decorative map with Central Park the main visual focus as its situated directly in the centre. It features lots of colour to attract the attention of tourists to come visit New York creating a very friendly image. It is a birds eye view but with some 3D illustrations of points of interest to add to the aesthetic appeal. The typograpghy used is san serif, its a fun typeface used to fit in with the overall feel of the map. Because of its hand rendered construction it doesn’t have any linear qualities. I believe all these decorative qualities socially give a positive image towards New York. 




This last map i analyised is a tourist map of Paris. I think its aimed at tourists as it clearly shows the metro line and all pints of interest in Paris. The bright vibrant colours its printed in also make me think its to attract attention of visitors. The tourist attractions are all animated with large illustrations therefore the map is not exactly to scale. Co-ordinates are present so it does have some cartographic language but theres no typographical language roads and places are presented in block colours.  The map does show culture as it shows where churches are, universities and schools, travel and tourist attractions so it does create a picture of the lifestyle of people in Paris. These places are all labelled with communication symbols. The illustrations are realistic in the detail they have but the map as a whole does not abstract reality as its not to scale. I think the map is constructed for social purposes with its images and bright colours. The colour heightens the city centre.



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