While at The New School, I designed a series of building maps for use across campus. After designing simple, easy to read basemaps of each building, I used a layer-based system in Adobe InDesign to create customized emergency maps for individual rooms throughout campus. The image above represents one such map, an 8x12 map customized for the room in which it is displayed, clearly explaining the Fire Escape and Tornado Shelter routes. I colored rooms grey to highlight the hallways as "open paths." I gave the fire and tornado routes their own color and texture so that the maps would be readable by the color-blind.
This map's minimal design takes advantage of it's audience's familiarity with the building. These serve as more of a reminder of emergency locations for each classroom. The design keeps the information simple and easy to grasp quickly. Better yet, with plenty of blank space, it's easy for teachers to make notes and add other useful content that might help them remember what to do in a crisis. The greatest challenge of executing this project was creating maps for all three buildings on campus and customizing maps for each individual room. In the end, I successfully developed one layered document from which I could create any combination of room-specific or building generalized maps.