"What is a map?"
Our answer is that a map is a tool that shows details about an area.
A map can show continents:Or countries :
Maps can also show streets, roads and landmarks: Here's where we bring back the kiddie map. I LOVE the kiddie map. It was my favorite to draw. Deciding what every little landmark would look like in the key was a thrill. It was a little like developing Hanna Stamps! It takes a totally different mindset to decide what is representative and what will look best when it's boiled down to a tinsy one-inch square. When I was developing the Hanna Stamps! I really started to flex that muscle. Of course, as this map makes very clear, everything's cuter on a petite scale.
Our next question asked what type of maps exist.
The script totally blew my mind here. I never think of a globe as being a map, but guess what? . . .
These are the other types of maps I pulled together for the project.
We spend a good long time in this latest film talking about map keys and explaining how they work. This was the most time consuming of all of the work I did for this project. The problem with keys is that once you make them you actually have to follow them. Since we have such a young audience, kindergarten to third grade, I had to make sure they were fairly easy to read while presenting a somewhat accurate representation of what a real map looks like.
As an illustrator I'm used to making up stuff all the time. If i need a girl in a hot air balloon I draw one. I don't need to look at a picture because it will too greatly influence my creative process. However, with maps you can't pull stuff out of thin air. There weren't any maps that I could find that made creating a new map too easy. They couldn't be too complicated and they had to have keys. In the end I pieced together bits of information from all over to create new maps. They look pretty but they lack any form of true information. Everything is made up and for the most part it's all hypothetical. This bothers me when I go to bed at night, but in the daytime I agree with my colleagues that these maps were only SAMPLES of maps can look like. This way the World's children will grow up into fine map-reading adults.