Mapping notation, symbol, icon and typography — all elements of map making — are forms of visual shorthand. They are all signs, or “stand-ins” for something else. Moving through any landscape or environment one encounters enormous amounts of sensory stimuli. When describing a place or a journey, it becomes necessary to omit much of reality in favor of short hand or representation.
As “storytellers” you are being asked to describe the story of a prescribed place (much in the way a map functions) using various visual “sign vehicles.” The place is your choice, either constituting a journey, a small area, or a connected number of locations. Choosing the place is not unimportant, but almost any place will do.
This unit asks you to be observant, to come up with some opinion or conclusion about the place, and to execute a series of projects on the place.