A map of the available waterways for the canoe and rowboat renters at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center.
The prior map used at the W.A.C. was almost ten years old and very inaccurate. Changes to the area have been made since this time. With new restrictions due to the 520 bridge construction, a new map was needed to identify areas that renters should avoid. I was to create a map that would be clear and useful for the boaters. They requested a key system that highlighted the hazards of the area, but did not detract from the features of the waterways.
Produce a "no-frills" map for the renters at the W.A.C. that shares information about the area and closures due to 520
bridge construction. Create a 8.5" by 5.5" Greyscale Printed Map.
Waterfront Activities Center
Rod Smith and Jim Seagren
Interviewed the patrons of the W.A.C. and sent out surveys for suggestions and input.
Conducted field research to discover coves and new areas that renters might find of interest.
Used arial views on Google Earth and Google Maps to formulate a drafted map of the area. Learned about the
history of the area and its surroundings. I discovered that the area was home to some Native American
Longhouses and that other parts of the bay were once a city dumping ground .
Patrons of the W.A.C. do not use the current map often because it lacks detail and accuracy. The labels are
unclear and the overall aesthetic of the original map fell flat. Some of our feedback included the following:
To get a better feel for the structure that the map would take on I then drew a sketch of the features.
After the suggestion of labeling the buildings, the client was on board. We came to the decision that there needed
to be two keys, one for the map symbols and another for the building labels. Initially adding the directions of the
cities visible from the water was considered, but the map's size requirement was far too small to fit those details in.
Perhaps this feature could be included in a future version of the map.
It's a wonderful feeling to see a project that has been implemented. The map has been a successful improvement to the
system that was in place before it. Renters have commented on detail in the islands and the smaller features of the map.
Even with construction in the popular arboretum, the W.A.C. has seen more customers satisfied from visiting the
alternative area shown.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that many patrons do not bring their phones out on the water, a digital interactive map
was out of the question. It would still be an interesting project to take on for practice.
Almost a year later and the map is still in use. The labels for the restricted areas have been successful in keeping patrons
out of unsafe areas. The Director at the W.A.C. recently asked for some updates with the new construction
taking place. These changes can be seen below between the two versions below.