Monday, May 16, 2011

Creativity Springs In Late Sunlight

I think because I don't spend evenings in the late spring and summer sulking in frustration over the limited daylight, this is the time of year when I feel most creative and when I get excited about possibilities. 

Recently, I've been thinking more and more about the original map-meets-web idea, which, for lack of a better idea I called "terraarte".  The idea is simple.  Make maps art.

The first road block came when I realized I am not an artist.

But I worked on it. 

I familiaraized myself with many of the tools I would need and scoured the WWW for images I could use.  I began to do mockups.  The first was this image of Angola.  Despite some issues, I was happy that it "looked cool".

The next hiccup was getting an iPad which allowed me to ignore the fact that my home computer functionally croaked.  As much as I rave about the device, it's not great for creating things such as, well, map art.

Soon I'll be remedying the latter of the two issues which unfortunately is probably the lesser of two weevils.

But some map art, combined with a swing at photography and historical integration is on its way.

And this Thursday I am Scotland bound!

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