This project is an interactive map of the business member of Mt. Airy USA in Philadelphia, USA. The app has multiple interactive elements such as hover, zoom and click triggers and links to the websites of the businesses. The map is just a prototype to showcase for the client, but has some functionality similar to what the final map will have.
Live prototype of the map
The map on Mt. Airy USA’s actual website 2016
Mt Airy USA is interested in mapping the Business Association Members of the neighborhood for their website. Members are largely very small, local business owners. The map would serve as a means to support and promote the members and would help inform the community of where goods and services are located.
To kick off the project, we went on a trip to Mt. Airy to get a sense of the area. We also got to meet our klient, Jamie, who had a lot of knowledge about the different businesses in Mt. Airy. She explained to us that she wanted a map that would serve as an overview of the businesses both to local people and to newcomers/tourists.
To get in the mindset of map design, we did some readings on maps and what role the play in people’s perception of place. Some important points I got from these readings were that maps are subjective interpretations of the real world and that they represent some sort of memories and experience with the place. Having this in mind, I started sketching what the map could look like. I really liked the