My professor Don Pollack gathered 4 graphic design students from my school ILIA- Chicago to participate in an exhibition aside from our course schedules. Taking Measure is considered a graduate level project; We spent 15 weeks researching, conceptualizing, and mapping out our own route and communicating that route through different means of design. Each route began at the plaque of of Fort Dearborn in the heart of the Chicago Loop. We traded routes and had to translate those routes to get us all to our destination. Each of us had to use a compass to navigate through the first route, to design a coordinate map. The second route was to communicate through photographs to design a photo map. The next route was communicated through only language, for a psychological map. The final route was communicated by relating locations to the body, a body map.
All 4 of my maps were formatted in 45"x54" posters. My theme was 'Daniel Burnham's Chicago'; the design incorporated my interest in Chicago's historical Architecture and my love for Illustration, info graphics and comics. The first is an info graphic and body map of Daniel Burnham. I translated the route I was given using symptomatic clues and language, featuring other prominent Architects of that time and information about preserved Architecture here in Chicago. The next piece is my psychological map; I arranged descriptive words for the route within his portrait. The next piece is designed to appropriate a storyboard communicating for the photomap. I took photos of key stops along my route and used an excerpt from "The Devil in the White City" by Eric Larson for copy. The last map shown are details from the coordinate map.
I also designed the event poster using my own photography, and included a photo from the exhibition last October, 2011 at the venue I work at, Loft on Lake.