Visual Mapping

Finally, my last experimental map I’ve decided to create digitally. While researching, I came across many maps that used different objects or images that were put together to create a map. This collage style map inspired my final experiment in which I have created a map of the Australian flower emblems. I began by researching each flower emblem of the states in Australia and found the corresponding images of the flowers.

These are the images I used:

Sturt’s Desert Rose & Native Iris

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from http://koalahill.com.au/catalogue/products.cfm?catname=Gondwana&current_page=3

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from http://www.belindabiggs.com/Gifts.html

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from http://spiritconnections.com.au/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=883

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/education/art_and_illustration/botanica/artist/David_Mackay?SQ_DESIGN_NAME=printer_friendly

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from http://www.anbg.gov.au/emblems/tas.emblem.html

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from http://www.anbg.gov.au/gallery/epacris-impressa.html

Retrieved on 26th March, 2014 from https://www.anbg.gov.au/emblems/wa.emblem.html

I took each flower and duplicated them in the form of each state in order to create a map of Australia.

This was my result:

Image

By using images of flowers that represent each state I was able to discover mapping through visual sources. I also learnt that maps can be created digitally. Maps can use symbols to represent the information it presents without the need for words, creating a visually aesthetic image. I found this type of mapping an interesting approach as it appeals to those visual learners (such as myself) who find it easier to process and retain the information given from the map.

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