It’s strange how I am calling this “the beginning”…I feel like I’ve been piecing this together for a while already. If you look at this image, though, it certainly seems like the beginning. In response to the Chicago Art Museum Map I created, I decided to take a crack at another map. This time, restaurants is my subject matter. First, I needed to decide what restaurants to include. Initially, I thought it would be a rather modest list. My research, though, led me to a number of restaurants that could be included on this map…that’s what all those white boxes are in the image above. And, the problem with restaurants is that everyone has their favorite so it is hard to whittle it down to the best. So, I got rather ambitious and really expanded the number of restaurants I wanted to include on the map. While the West and South sides have a reasonable amount of restaurants, downtown and the North side are literally bursting at the seams. As you can see, my thought was to have a pretty conventional map as a back drop to illustrated symbols for the restaurants. Now, I need to break from convention some. I’m planning on expanding the area I use for downtown and the North side and then shrinking the other areas. This is not to say that I am relegating the West and South side to the sidelines. As was true with the Art Museum Map, relative position between restaurants will be more important than an accurate reflection of their distance from each other. In turn, I believe this will add more balance to the map instead of having large blank areas…as is the case now. Now, I need some symbols to work with instead of white boxes of text!