Jake M Richardson
Jake M Richardson
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My PDX

Creative Cartography

My PDX

A participatory mapping project designed to explore the idea of emotional geography by engaging users to document and reflect on their transportation choices in Portland, Oregon 

Description

The primary tool of My PDX is a minimalist base map screen-printed on TyVek. 30 participants were asked to document and reflect on each trip they took within the city for a week. A color-coded key and markers were provided so the participants could annotate the paths of each transportation type they took. Participants analogously recorded their paths on a physical map as opposed to being digitally tracked with GPS. The emphasis was on the personal discovery through action and reflection. Photographs were taken of each participant and displayed with their completed map. This collection of personalized maps, reflections and photographs created portraits through transportation habits, revealing different versions and experiences of Portland.

My PDX was exhibited as an installation at PNCA and in book form in the Mapmakers Manifesto show at the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial.

Details

ROLE
Graphic Design, Photography, Screen Printing, Research

MENTORS
Zack Denfeld, Alister Fenix, Natalie Jeremijenko, Palmarin Merges, Peter Schoonmaker

LINKS
Buy the My PDX book
Mapmaker Manifesto show profile

 
 
Stack of fresh maps ready to be folded

Stack of fresh maps ready to be folded

Blank map – Notice the lack of details included on the map

Blank map – Notice the lack of details included on the map

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Detail of reflection section

Detail of reflection section

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Exhibition

Exhibition

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Kevin signing his photo at the opening

Kevin signing his photo at the opening

Visitors drawing their path to the exhibition on table top map at the opening

Visitors drawing their path to the exhibition on table top map at the opening

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Web mapping relationships of different groups in Portland that could benefit from a mapping project

Web mapping relationships of different groups in Portland that could benefit from a mapping project

Building the vacuum press

Building the vacuum press

Prepping screen for printing

Prepping screen for printing

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Finished vacuum press

Finished vacuum press