The story behind the glossy National Park Brochures
A specific in-depth article by the National Park Service describes the creation of a new National Park Brochure for Glacier Bay National Park. The article calls out that to make the map, their team collected “input from staff at the park” They further went on to describe their research into the primary usage for this map: “Ninety five percent of visitors to Glacier Bay arrive on cruise ships, never set foot ashore, and are older than the general population of park visitors—thus, large map type is a design necessity.” They also call out “observing visitors using the map”. Further, the map was not made by just one person, but “a collaborative effort between a writer, graphic designer, and cartographer”.
It is interesting to see how the project managment of a detailed map is so similar to the process we use in building software. Research, planning, development, research and refinement are the same steps we follow.
I also learned more through this article about the purpose of each side of the maps that they create. “The front side of the brochure, which includes the cover, is generally devoted to introducing the park and outlining broad interpretive messages by means of photographs, illustrations, text, and the occasional small thematic map. The second side of the brochure, containing practical visitor information including the map, is more subject to change.” I did not realize that they deliberately separated the content by sides based on the likelyhood that the information would need to be updated.
- Since the park service is a government agency, everything they do is in the public domain. They offer the illustrator/photoshop files for all of the national park system maps free to download.
- A review of the Unigrid system.
- I am amazed, but I cannot find anyone on the web that specifically collects national park maps/brochures. I thought someone out there collected everything.