[I wrote this in June but I forgot to publish it then, so the first part is a bit out of date]
Wow, it’s incredible to think that the semester is coming to end! My time here at ESAD has flown by so quickly. When I look back at how much work I’ve put into this project, especially considering where I started with a completely different idea, I feel accomplished, but at the same time looking forward I’m freaking out a bit at how much is left to do.
I’ve done a lot of visual testing, some of which has been more successful than others. This past week has been spent mainly gathering information that was lacking or incorrect, as the design process has revealed some pretty big holes in my data collection skills. This process has been really interesting, but one thing that it has driven home to me is that I am not cut out to be an empirical researcher!
I have decided on the representing the final work as well as the process in a book. This work will be a combination creative work and reflection on the steps that it took to get to that point—failures and dead ends included.
My idea is to include elements of the process of the test projects leading up the final ‘designed’ version. Interspersed throughout the book will be 3 larger and less abstracted maps of central Porto—one of the vernacular typography, one of international students, and a personal map that focuses on my impressions of the city as a temporary resident. The book will be approximately 36 pages. In the layout, I am considering how to include a fold out map or a series of removable postcards. Or perhaps make the ‘book’ a series of folded maps that are then held together between stiff covers.
I’m not deleting the first part because I want to be able to remember it and record my process. During the last week of June I met with Andrew and we discussed my progress and especially what is left to do over the summer. He explained that it wasn’t necessary to create a separate book from the report, and that I could bundle the tests into the book, running side by side the report. Of course, we discussed that the option is still open to include a map insert, postcards, or some other kind of physical object. I think that that is an important part of the project so it’s something I will be looking into.
Furthermore, we had a chance to talk about what areas of background information to focus on in the paper–for example not to go into great detail about the history of cartography, because it’s not really relevant.
So I am all set—gulp—for a beginning of September hand in of the first draft!