Storytelling With Maps
For the final lesson, I want to focus on what makes maps work to tell stories (and to explore why they don't work sometimes). You now know enough to be dangerous about the underpinnings that make maps possible, and this week we focused closely on making sure maps are designed effectively to communicate the things we want to share. Here are a few prompts for this lesson:
- Share your final project map and explain the story it's supposed to tell. Here is your chance to share your work with the whole class and get feedback on your work in progress.
- Find and share a map that you think does a great job telling a story. Describe the things about its design that work, as well as those that do not.
- Find and share a map that you think does a terrible job telling a story. Describe the things about its design that work, as well as those that do not.
- What impact do you think new technologies (digital maps, web maps, mobile maps, etc...) have had on how maps are used to tell stories?
- What needs to happen in terms of new technology and science about maps in order to improve the way they're used to tell stories?