Client: East Belfast Community Development Agency
Project: Community Mapping Tool
Student Group: Mark Glover, Oliver Moxley (MArch 1); Chloe Glover, Jessica Scott, Yakun Wang, Yijing Wang, Yongming Yu (BSc 1)
The client’s brief: The remit of the East Belfast Community Development Agency is to act as an umbrella organisation to help smaller civic and support groups with guidance and support. The brief was to provide an interactive map for East Belfast to help highlight issues prioritise work for the Agency and which could be used in community consultation meetings. Achieving a map with longevity and adaptability was key to providing a useful tool for the client.
The group response: “In our first meeting we were asked to look at creating a model, where you could draw on buildings with white board marker, for use in strategy meetings. However this through up the first problem as the area of the site was around 4.5km, showing that for a useable scale would have to be almost 50 meters long.
“We looked at alternatives and came up with a new approach. We decided a simple map would be easier to transport, durable and most importantly effective for the needs of the client. The map dimensions would be roughly 4.5 meters by 1 meter. We looked at printing vinyl and using white board markers on it, but our research suggested it would stain. We settled on printing on normal paper and having it laminated. Providing a useable strategic map was a key driver for the project, ahead of minimal or overcomplicated design ideas due to the simple, quick reading, and understanding; necessary for the final product.”
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