1.) What subject matter are you planning to address in your map? Why？
In the rhetorical map project, we want to draw the food map of the restaurants in and around the campus, we choose this topic because sometimes we make hard choices of where to eat during the day but eating is important to the everyday life; sometimes we want to grab a food very quick in the rush to the next class, and sometimes we just want to enjoy the meals, the need varies accordingly, and we think a food map may help.
2.) What’s your map’s tentative argument or claim at this point? What’s it saying about space?
We claim that there are quite many restaurants on the campus. Many students in UIUC used to go to the restaurants in green streets. They thought popular or delicious restaurants are located in off campus. Students who do not have a car should use uber or just have to go the restaurant where they often go. We want students and faculties have more information about various restaurants in on campus so that they can have more diverse restaurants that fit with their tastes. Our map will tell the people about the restaurant and what is the main dish in there.
3.) What medium do you plan on using to compose your map? What are its affordances?
For our map project, We will use some basic medium. We plan on making a hand-drawing map and then getting more detail by using photoshop. First, we will search for the campus map. We will set the boundary of the map. Then, we will roughly sketch the map in the paper. Affordance of hand drawing is that it allows the easy modification of the idea.When we use the photoshop for the first draft, it will take some time to modify. Also. we can quickly get to our opinion of the map. After finishing the hand-drawing map, we will scan the map and digitalize it. Using photoshop or drawing tool will let more detailed and neat map. Also, the digital map can be easily distributed and accessed to people than the hand-drawing map. During composing our map, we will use traditional media and current developed technology media.
4.) Who do you imagine your intended audience to be? How will they benefit from engaging with your map?
Our intended audience will be the students, faculties or visitors on campus who want to know more about the local restaurants near their positions, or want to make a quick decision on where to eat every day. Engaging with our food map, they will have a glance of the possible dining choices, have the knowledge of the traits of different cafes or restaurants, and will be able to make a fast choice on deciding where to eat according to their needs, such as distance, type of cuisines, food serving speed, and price. (The resource may from Yelp)
5.) What problems do you anticipate in charting out, designing, and/or creating this project? How do you plan on getting around these issues?
At the first of our designing process, we were planning to do a map of the dorms and dining halls in UIUC for the freshmen or newcomers, but later we found UIUC has already done a great map displayed on its website, which shows the dorm and important buildings’ locations so clearly that we can’t come up with a better idea. After we decided on doing a food map, we are confusing about the tools we choose to map out, and to solve the problem we may draw the map by hand, scan it and use Photoshop.