Meeting New People

I have to say that finally meeting the AUM students was a great pleasure and I think that everyone would agree that we had a really great time. A group of us from OCU wend to eat lunch in our caf with a few of the AUM students and we got to spend some time talking and also comparing our schools. Ever since I arrived at OCU I thought it was a pretty small school however, after listening to the AUM students talk about how small their school was, It sounds like OCU is enormous. It’s hard for me to believe that there school is even smaller than OCU but I don’t want to accuse anyone of being a liar so I’m going to take their word for it.

Another interesting thing that we learned was that Seth the Compass Adams’ family was, at one time, stationed very close to where the AUM campus is located. We didn’t realize it at first, but after looking at a map we figured it out and all had a real “woah” moment. Meeting the AUM students was awesome and is something that I have no doubt I’ll remember forever and I hope that they feel the same way about us.

The Paseo

For my project I am working together with A Spoon Full of Sugar in the Circle of Life, Seth the Compass Adams, and Happy Feet Hansen to make a map of the Paseo to give to the Auburn students. The Paseo is full of secrets that take time to learn about and find. The map we are making is a basic map that shows where some of the cool places to go are located.

A Small Excerp

Neither of these maps was made to provide any real knowledge, but simply to entertain the people who see them. The authors who made each of these maps posted them on line in the hopes of getting some laughs and maybe gaining internet fame. Even though these maps were made to be funny with no real educational value, both employ many of the techniques Monmonier describes in his book How to Lie with Maps. In his book, Monmonier describes a great number of ways that maps make themselves more appealing and easier to understand, even for people who have no experience with map analysis. Monmonier states that “color symbols can make a map visually attractive as well as fulfill the need for contrast…Yet the complexity and seductiveness of color overwhelm many mapmakers, and countless maps in computer graphics etc. reveal…how color can help or hurt a map”(Monmonier 163). This quote was the inspiration for the analysis of these two maps. Color is a visual appeal that is often taken for granted. We often don’t think about it because it’s always there, but what would maps be if they lacked color? I’ll tell you what they would be, they would be boring and very unappealing in almost every way.

Australia Vs. America

The two picture I posted below juxtapose in a very obvious way. Both jokingly express the way that different areas on the planet view the rest of the world. Both pictures take advantage of using bright colors to draw the attention of the reader and appeal to the eye. However the map on the left shows Australia’s view of the world while the one on the left shows America’s view on the rest of the world.  One thing that is interesting to note about the maps is that the map of America’s view is drawn very “cartoony” and inaccurate to how the world really looks. However, the map of Australia’s view is very geographically accurate. This difference between the two maps could be interpreted that Australia has a greater understanding of the shape of the world than America. Are these maps trying to portray Australia as more intelligent or superior to America? O,r could it be that Americans are just lazier than Australians?

While the maps display the shape of continents and countries differently there are some striking similarities between the two. Both maps display America as being covered with the American flag which leads me to believe that both America and Australia  recognize that America is very proud of itself. Both maps also display Australia as being green. This could be a coincidence but I think it shows that both Australia and America view Australia similarly. The color choice could symbolize life, grass, or any number of things. I plan of further investigating this, along with several other concepts in my paper. These two pictures are very interesting and are ripe for interpretation from a number of different people.

More Maps!!!

I found this map on a website call Neoseeker.com. It was created and posted by someone with the screen name Norwegian. I think that this map was intended for younger audiences because of its simple shapes and bright contrasting colors. The author created this map and based it off of the maps used in the popular Pokemon games. These games are made for kids and by looking at the maps you can see that younger kids are the intended audience. The maps purpose is to display simple information in a way that can be easily understood by kids.

In How to Lie With Maps, there is an insert after page 168 that says “contrasting hues efficiently describe qualitative differences”(Monmonier 162). This map is an excellent example of using contrasting colors. water is displayed by blue and paths that can be used in the water are a darker shade of blue while the land is display as different shades of green and paths on land are shown as brown. These colors are perfect contrasts and it is easy to keep them separated even if you just take a quick glance at the map. In conclusion, even though this map is very simple, it uses techniques and color schemes that we also see in very complex maps.