Over the last month or so, I have been studying the rhetoric of maps and breaking down the general assumptions that seem to cloud maps: that a culture craves accuracy or that a map (and the map reader) should have one particular goal when approaching a map. With my semiotic and mapping analysis in tow, below is five different maps of the main campus of Rowan University located in Glassboro, NJ. Don’t expect to see sketches of buildings or bus stops here: I decided to map out moments in time: when/where students are walking across the campus and where the graduation commencement is held
These maps also represent the individual who is using this map, so I decided to take that idea a step further and stamp out my personal connection to this campus. The hope is another Rowan University student, using the same legend, can recreate their own trail or create their own map transcript with a completely different result.
I hope you enjoy this literal and figurative journey through Rowan University: