Announcing the Portland districts map series
In my last post, I mentioned how there was one prototype of the glass San Francisco map that used the typeface Klavika, and while it wasn't chosen for the final product, I was very curious how it would work for a city map. Well the answer can be seen in the Portland map series project -- an architecture of location for Portland culture and business which covers some of the major districts of the city, including the Pearl, Northwest/Nob Hill, and Downtown.
While these maps may seem detailed, there is also a comprehensive map which stitches all those together and is even more detailed, as this small snippet shows:
This super-sized map is not online as I am reserving it for paying customers. The average person couldn't even print it at home anyway, as it takes a printer that can handle paper that is 36 inches wide by 48 inches tall. The map is well suited for use as a wall poster in a hotel, visitor center, gallery or building lobby.
Some of the features of this map series include:
- Each type of establishment has a unique, iconic shape and color
- Business locations are super easy to find using block numbers
- Specific places are identified by a unique acronym, reducing confusion
- An index lists all establishments in a district alphabetically within a category
- First Thursday participants are emphasized using an orange outline–so it’s easy to spot them on the map and in the index.
- Public art is identified, as are parks, mass transit, and parking.
- The street grid is accurately shown, so walkers won't be surprised by the distances between locations.
Any given icon and its associated label/acronym is unique throughout the system. This requires a namespace large enough to accommodate quite a few establishments. Each district has its own range of block numbers.
All in all, I really like Klavika for a city map such as this. Would I use it for a map of Seattle, LA or San Jose? I'm not sure... at some scale of city, the lack of a condensed version of the typeface would be felt more keenly.