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NATURAL

MAP

Bring the idea of split-screen mode to the natural world

For a long time, we have always regarded maps as a simulation of nature. When you open the Google map, the information displayed is the direction of the road and its name. 

 

However, for the areas we are familiar with, the road direction and surrounding environment in our memory are different from the real map. Because we add personal emotions while observing things. If we think of Google map as a simulation of reality by technology, then what I want to show is an abstract map that is understood by other people through the textual translation with emotion.

It’s like when asking for directions, the answer will be to go forward at the third street light and turn right, and then walk a while to see a tall building, turn left and walk 100 meters. When you hear this description, an abstract picture is formed in your mind.

So I chose 4 locations for description and ask my classmates to help me to combine the elements I made in PSD files to form visual effects based on these 4 paragraphs. 

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The first paragraph of the text description mainly describes the ground environment; The second paragraph is the description between 2-3 meters above the ground; Paragraphs 3 and 4 include the ground, the position parallel to the eyes, and the description of the trees above the head. These are the 3 angles we usually see when observing the environment.

 
2.5D Map: Put the flat graphics in a space with a perspective angle

From Abigayle

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From Meg

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From Wen

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From Dom

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Dom's pictures gave me a lot of inspiration because he did not create according to the graphics I gave, his images are perspective angles. It reminds me that I can create a space between nature and a 2D map. We can call it 2.5D.

So I put the flat graphics in a space with a perspective angle.

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Final 2.5D map
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What next?

We are experiencing the transformation of information from natural to virtual every day, and the ways of transformation are diverse. This experiment allowed me to find an interesting way to create image results that are different from the maps we define daily. Therefore, I will continue to modify and develop this methodology to create more interesting results.