Mapmaking is a tool, a craft for the curious. Every part of making a map appeals to me: the graphic elements of traditional cartography, the journey, and the personal story encompassed by the dashed neatlines.
This project is about making a map of the future, in particular the year 2014. We will then reveal all the maps for a five day blog hop in January, 2014
You can approach this in many ways, and here are some simple guidelines to get you started.
- Pick a subject or focus
- Personal Journey
- And on and on…
- Pick a medium
- Mixed Media
- You get the idea
Make some simple sketches of the journey of 2014. None of it has to be literal, it can be one line from here to there, or a river of lines and tributaries with lots of topography you can label.
Make the map however complex or simple you like, keeping in mind your intention for 2014. This should be a heartstring, not a masterpiece for the Smithsonian. Make it true rather than perfect. This will show.
There is a pdf to the right on top that you can print out and use for a border.
Add a compass rose if you like, here are some links for that.
Add sea monsters if you like, here is a link to some real lookers.
The project will go live on January 13-17. Five days of arty cartography! We will hopefully use social media and our own blogs to promote this journey, I have never seen one like it so the more the merrier! We expect to get a lot of traffic. I would also like to submit this project to a number of magazines and will post if that works out.
In the end I will pick a random participant and send them a copy of my new book, Map Art Lab, that will release in May, 2014, and a treat tucked inside.
What to do now
Put your name here and your blog address. If you do not have a blog and want to participate, I will post your map here. I need a 600dpi with png file and about 100 words about your project sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates to remember
Jan 13-17th, blog hop of all participants. I will have the master list here to link to all your sites, you can do the same or just promote your own. This hop is called “Mapping 2014 Artfully.” I will have a place for you to sign in on this blog on Jan 13, to list the link to where your map is.
Sign up now!