Graphic Design: Highland High School Fire Escape Route Map
THE PROJECT: The school has been using the same, tired old Fire Escape Route Map for years, copied over a million times. It would be nice if we could design a modern, clean version that could be be printed and placed in each room to identify proper emergency exits. Students will use Adobe Illustrator to create just such a map.
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE MAP: The map should be easily read, with each room properly labelled and exit routes quickly identifiable.
QUICK AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE ON THIS PROJECT.
SOME SAMPLE FIRE EVACUATION MAPS FOR CONSIDERATION: Below, find links to four different maps similar to the one that you are creating now. You do not need to copy the look of any particular map, they are just to give you some ideas for how a map can look:
A JPEG of the current HHS Fire Exit Map: If you wish to take this into Illustrator as a guide, you can, click on the small map to bring up a larger version, which you can save and PLACE on your art board in Illustrator. I also have hard copy printouts, as well. (See why we need a new Map?)
Here are the SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS regarding the creation of your map:
VIDEO TUTORIALS FROM ADOBE.COM DEMONSTRATING THE SKILLS THAT YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT: (I highly recommend opening Illustrator and trying the techniques on your own as you watch.)
A COUPLE OF ILLUSTRATOR VIDEOS THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL:
SAVING AND SUBMITTING: Remember, in Illustrator, doing a FILE>SAVE AS will save your work as an .AI file, with all of the layers, text, fills and strokes intact for later editing. To save as a JPEG, you will need to use FILE>EXPORT. Save your completed work as
GRADING: This will be a 100 point assignment, graded half on the inclusion of all of the required items listed above and half on the usefulness of the final product as a Fire Evacuation Map.
USE OF THE MAP: The BEST map in the class will be submitted to the administration for consideration as our new Fire Evacuation Map. I may ask for you to make some changes to your map to perfect it before submission.