Mapping Workshop – Mapping Place Through Story

In this experiment, we were tasked with mapping a place in the book “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss


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I chose to map out the ‘waiting place’ (pictured below)

‘for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go

or a bus to come, or a plane to go

or the mail to come, or the rain to go

or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

or waiting around for a Yes or No

Everyone is just waiting.’

The repetition of the rhyme suggests that the waiting place is stagnate, an environment where you don’t progress or grow at all, everything stays the same.


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As can be seen in the pdf’s below (Waiting 1-6); I attempted to create a visual representation (word map) of the waiting place using adobe illustrator. In order to map the endless waiting described in the book, I used the word ‘waiting….’ and shaped it to wrap around a circle. Then copied and pasted the same text until it had no observable beginning or end. I decided on a black and white colour scheme, to try and emphasise the monotony of the waiting place. By experimenting with the same font in different sizes, and by using smaller circles within circles, I tried to convey the idea that the waiting place is never-ending. It goes on forever.


Waiting 2

Waiting 3

Waiting 4

Waiting 5

Waiting 6

All in all this was an interesting activity, and I learned some new skills with Illustrator. However, I don’t feel as though this is a direction I will pursue in creating my final map. I would prefer to work with nature and map something that is spontaneous.


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