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This is a very early rough draft. I had this idea last night to add different elements to a location map and whipped this up in a couple hours. What i'm sort-of looking for is some thoughts to see if the concept i'm going for is successful (before i put a lot more work in, refining it).

here's the map:
-515 is a trendy hip restaurant in missoula that serves unique food.
-The silhouette of the building was traced from a photograph.
-The reason the building silhouette was included is to show what the building looks like when trying to locate it while on the road.
-The reason for the silhouette of the man was to bounce the reader back into the map, or so that one could read the design starting from the top or the bottom.
-the purple/fuschia color is from the businesses website.

thanks for looking everyone, :D


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Is that your profile? ;)

Works for me! If I was from Missoula, I think I'd have a pretty good idea of where the 515 is located.

Good idea!

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Nice graphic, cool composition. My only critique is the legibility of the street labels; a combination of the perspective distortion, the gray tint and the all-lower-case makes them harder to scan than I would like, but this is a quibble.

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I think it looks gorgeous and unique, congratulations on a cool concept!
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Here's to inspiration! A refreshingly new concept.

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I really like it too!

One little improvement might be to throw in the Clark Fork - or at least block the bridges on Orange and Higgins. Since you are using a "pedestrian" viewpoint maybe add the ped paths on either side of the river too.

In any case you can be sure that this'll draw some folks from NACIS this fall. I just checked the menu and the Roasted pear tart, almond cream, fig carpaccio, vanilla bean mascarpone dessert sounds pretty good.

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Hey guys, Thank for the comments :rolleyes: I'm going to go ahead and finish this one up.

Now that I think about it, I guess part of the design was in response to the "google maps" phenomenon that has taken place over the last 10 years. I've been thinking lately if there is a way to do-what-they-do better (my mind has this annoying way of getting stuck on impossible tasks like this). While i can't incorporate all the functionality of google into a map, i think there may be some wiggle room to do something that google hasn't (i would've used the word "can't" but it sort-of seems there is nothing google "can't" do): Make maps that are more than maps by incorporating different visual elements that are unique to the represented location's feel, brand, and identity. I just don't know if anyone would pay for it when they can just imbed a FREE functional google location map on their website.
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Interesting perspective on a map!
You definately sacrifice clarity for design. Is that font part of 515's design specs? It looks a bit out of place, your font is thinner then your leading line. Also, it's not completely obvious that the building sillhouette is abuilding. Try adding some brick texture to the outside, or maybe something on the roof?

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I love it..
but now that Greg mentioned it, I too did not notice the building silhouette
Great new avatar Matthew. even more cranky than mine.
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even more cranky than mine.


His avatar disagrees. :lol:

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Billions of blue blistering barnacles Jean-Louis. My avatar may be crankier, but it's only because your avatar gets to drink more than mine...


Great new avatar Matthew. even more cranky than mine.


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Perpetual a priori negation.. its far more cool than mere crankiness
what is he anyways.. A Tatar?,a sorcerer? a unit of Mongol horde?
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On second thought I am not going to finish this map because of this and this.

Oh well, you win some and lose some.
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On second thought I am not going to finish this map because of this and this. Oh well, you win some and lose some.

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Oh well! You developed a cool concept though... You may still win ;)

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Nice concept!

Its that kind of lateral thinking that opens up doorways for new ideas.

Too bad about the restaurant closing.




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