Dog-Friendly Domain Map
A guide to the most dog-friendly area in Austin
How it started
I was tasked with map-making for the first time. I chose to map out one of Austin's new and most popular dog-friendly spots, The Domain. I underestimated the precision and attention to detail this project would initially take.
I mapped out the users’ steps to see how I could simplify their journey to help them reach their most important goals with the product.
- I knew this would help me better understand the space and find out how detailed the map would need to be in the end.
- For this, I used two separate users to map. one who actually lived in the Domain and the other was a person who rarely visited; both are dog owners with different sizes and breeds of dogs.
- I asked them too try to shop around with their pets, as this is an outdoor mall-style area, as well as grab a bite to eat.
- For the user who was relatively new to the area there was some hesitation due to her not know if her pet would be allowed everywhere she wanted to go.
- I noticed that a map was needed to showcase to new users just how dog-friendly The Domain is and a place for them and their pups to grab a drink and food along the way.
I designed the final screens in Adobe Illustrator.
I went will a lighter approach to this design by staying in those more basic earth tones, which are prevalent in other Domain documents.
I envision this to be posed around the Domain in a more tangible format.
This can be used on the Domain website.
This final design highlights the pet-friendly and exciting interactive spaces for the dogs.
What I Have Learned
This process really had me taking a deeper look and understanding the process of map mapping. It is not something to be taken lightly.
- For this process, I wasn't sure how to go about map making in the slightest. it was something new and that alone was a bit scary.
- I loved getting to know and understand what all goes into map making and the complexities of that process.