A map for Vancouver Hastings

map, illustration, image, vancouver, graphic design, union, illustrator, best practice, map, vancouver hastings, hastings sunrise, east village, community, mapping, thunderbird community centre, hastings community centre, hastings library, commercial drive, templeton high school, van tech high school, kiwassa neighbourhood house, frog hollow neighbourhood house, non profit, new brighton park, PNE, hastings park, vancouver east cultural centre, the cultch, I recently illustrated a map of the Vancouver-Hastings provincial electoral area for a member of the Legislative Assembly.

I love organizing information, and maps are one way to visualize neighbourhood assets.

This time I photographed my process before it hit the recycling bin.

 

 

 

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For this project, the final image was going to fit on an 8.5 x 11 inch page, so I got out paper that’s about 1.5 times as big. Working from an Elections BC map, I sketched the map as a rectangle and put in the boundaries. I had a list of icons that were going to fit on the map – community centres, the library, other resources – and I wanted to see where they spread out.

Drawing it in a big square helped me see where things were placed in the neighborhood, but it was a bit boring.

 

 

 

 

 

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Next, I redrew the map slanting with a perspective towards the water. It’s more interesting and the buildings were going to give it height.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The next draft I thought I’d add people or symbols for each building: books at the library, recreation at the community centre … and dropped that idea once I realized I couldn’t encompass the diversity of activities. That would have to wait for a different type of mapping project – social mapping or community mapping, and not just a location-based map.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting closer ….  There were a few edits made at this stage: moving the Vancouver East Cultural Centre to the correct side of Hastings (oops) and adding the high schools.

 

 

 

 

 

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Next up: a cleaner copy to show the Vancouver-Hastings Office.

And watercolour.

 

 

 

 

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The last step was to get up early, make coffee, clean all my tools, and carefully paint it in watercolour and ink a little bigger than the final image size. Then I taped it down, photographed the watercolour outside on a cloudy day, and brought it into Adobe CS6 for the final work. You can see this painting is a little more brown than the final version, which was given more pops of red and yellow.

 

And here’s the final image again:

 

 

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There’s richness in maps as a community-building tool. They’re a powerful way to find out about communities. It’s often called community-based asset mapping and here are some quick resources on that topic:

  1. Asset Based Community Development Institute (NW University) http://www.abcdinstitute.org/publications/
  2. Vibrant Canada: http://vibrantcanada.ca/resource-library/community-asset-building/using-asset-mapping-asset-based-community-development
  3. Langara College often has lectures or courses about this in the sustainability program: http://www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies/community-lecture-series/index.html

 

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