For last week’s homework, I decided to make my map look less like a map. I wanted to explore maps’ visual impact when they lose their traditional information. I am particularly interested in an aesthetic that mixes bold colors and patterns. I added a tiled image of Vincent Van Gogh’s self portrait as my map’s background What was interesting to me in the process of making this map was that every frame and zoom level had a different visual language.

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Fort Bourtange

Week 1 // Everything is Physical : The Art of Digital Mapping

Fort Bourtange is a star fort in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1593 under the orders of William the Silent. Its original purpose was to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by the Spaniards during the time of the Eighty Years’ War.

After experiencing its final battle in 1672, the Fort continued to serve in the defensive network on the German border until it was finally given up in 1851 and converted into a village. Fort Bourtange currently serves as a historical museum.