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  • Client name:
    disAbilities Resource Centre (DRC) Queenstown
  • Product / Service:
    Disability related infromation and advice for the Queenstown region
  • Project specifications:
    A3 2 Sided folding map
  • Photography by:
  • Project Completed:
    April 2013

DRC Map Front and Back Covers Thumbnail

 

Along with showing car parks and toilet access for people with disabilities, the map provides an insight to the steepness of the streets in Queenstown, whilst also acting as a regular map. The disAbilities Resource Centre provides information and equipment hire related to disabilities. They are based in Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island, which is surrounded by mountains and set on a lake shore, with steep streets. I took over this project as as a pro-bono job and had my time part financed by creating designs for some of the advertisers.

The starting point for the map was a plan map view of Queenstown, which had arrows marked on it to show in which directions the steep streets were sloped. This seemed to lack visual potential as it wasn’t clear whether the arrow meant up or down. By setting the map in an isometric 3D world and rotating it to the optimum angle I conceived the idea of adding ‘ramps’ under the streets to convey the gradients; using three different colour coded angles.

For Arrowtown and Frankton there was no data to hand so a friend and I drove around the streets with an iPad spirit level app to record the relative gradient angles.

With the Queenstown map I had received survey data, which showed the street gradients numerically. For Arrowtown and Frankton there was no data to hand so a friend and I drove around the streets with an iPad spirit level app to record the relative gradient angles.

The map has proved very popular and won an award – also contributing to the design were Dan Childs, with some beautiful photographs and Rodney Baker with the Queenstown survey data.

DRC Map Full Front and Back Thumbnail

 

You can read more about this project here.