Our firm has seven designers working out of home-based offices in Minnesota, Iowa, New York and Virginia, and our specialties include:
2D perspective campus/area maps - 99+ percent vector
3D perspective (oblique/illustrated) campus maps - 45 percent vector, 30 percent raster, 25 percent hand-rendered
I enjoyed looking at the campus maps. The campus maps created at the
Univ. Wisconsin Cartographic Lab (back in the 1970s-80s) were based on
what was called (I think) "pseudo perspective" - a plan base (not perspective,
just a regular map) with buildings that suggested an oblique view. It would
fall somewhere between the two categories above.
The old Boulder campus map I posted is an example - if you look at it you
can see it is a typical planimetric road map, with oblique views of the buildings.
The large scan of the map is here:
I recall this particular style of campus map developed out of a seminar, where
campus maps were evaluated by users. The outcome was that people liked the
perspective views, but some found them difficult to navigate with (because of the
perspective; roads and buildings could be obscured). Thus the idea to combine
a plan base, with perspective buildings. I believe they tested the "pseudo
perspective" maps and found it solved some of the problems of the perspective
I liked this style of mapping as it showed how we can noodle with "reality" on maps
to make "reality" easier to understand. I think some realists out there might
complain about this style for this very reason.
Does anyone know if this "pseudo perspective" style is being used on any campus
or urban mapping anymore?