Map Design and Social Awareness: An Ideal Combination for Graphic Design Students

By Jessica Ring.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

In the search for graphic design projects that engage students in social issues while simultaneously examining additional aspects of design, map design is an ideal candidate. Through this type of project, students learn to become more informed about contemporary social and environmental issues, while concurrently enhancing their abilities to collaborate effectively, experiencing the value of cross-disciplinary perspectives, and advancing their skill in graphic design and information design. Initially this exploration focused solely on the design of Green Maps ®. The Green Map System is an international organization that uses maps as tools for charting local resources for sustainable living. The use of maps as a venue for socially driven design study has now been expanded into additional social topics. This paper will cover the evolution and structure of this project.

Keywords: Map Design, Green Map, Graphic Design, Information Design, Collaboration, Collaborative Learning, Informed Citizens, Social Issues, Social Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.349-368. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.708MB).

Asst. Prof. Jessica Ring

Assistant Professor, Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

Jessica Ring is assistant professor and co-coordinator of graphic design in the Department of Art+Design at Towson University in the United States. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University. Ms. Ring’s freelance and pro-bono clients keep her active in the graphic design field. Her research interests include sustainable graphic design, graphic design for social issues, and graphic design pedagogy.


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