For Picture, Symbol, Icon, we were given a brief asking us to come up with a custom design of a map of a defined space. In an attempt to generate ideas, I began by brainstorming things that can be mapped, such as journeys and places. This wasn’t helping me come up interesting ideas, however, as I was being too literal with the brief, so I decided to look at it from a different perspective, and began thinking about where and what makes me feel lost. This helped me to come up with my final idea, which maps my emotions in an abstract way.
I then brainstormed certain emotions that I feel on a regular basis and what I do to deal with them, but also what causes them. I decided that each emotion would be represented by a different colour, so began researching colour psychology before allocating each of the emotions a colour.
I then made some rough sketches of the style in which I was going to draw my map, playing about with composition and layering. I decided on a layout and added a key in to make the sketch more understandable.
Looking at the sketch, I decided to render the final map on Photoshop, so that I could add text to explain the concept, as the map is so abstract that it isn’t really self- explanatory. I realised that I had only been taking the emotions into consideration and not the reasons why I was feeling them, so when I rendered the map in Photoshop, I added in overlapping circles to represent the overlapping causes of my feeling certain emotions.
I really like the way my map turned out, the simplicity of it is visually appealing. I had to add in an explanation in with the map as it’s not very obvious what it represents just looking at it by itself, because its so abstract.