From Maps to Meaning

Thursday afternoons
Oct. 9, 16, 23
2:30p – 5:00p
Concept Car
0 Units

One of the oldest visual tools created by humans to make sense of the complexities of our world, maps are unique in their ability to synthesize data, convey meaning through spatial logic, and deliver information at high resolution. They are also incredible tools for communication, data sorting, and insight finding.

This version of From Maps to Meaning is offered as a series of hands-on, craft-heavy MapLabs. The course is an opportunity for new and experienced map-makers to practice design thinking from a mapping perspective, and mapcraft with a design thinking lens.

Each of the three 2.5 hour MapLab sessions will focus on a different map-making skill. The topics for the three labs this fall are transitive mapping, emotional geographic layering, and inward / outward mapping.

New students as well as returning students from the Spring 2014 course are invited to apply. Required work outside class time will be kept to a minimum but students might find it impossible to stop. Perfect attendance is absolutely mandatory. Visit for examples of work created by previous students.

Enrollment limited to 12 students. Applications close Sep. 23 @ 11:59pm. Apply here:

Teaching Team
Ashish Goel,
Carissa Carter,