The contest is to design A TWO PAGE MAP to orientate worldwide readers to the location of a real estate project. The real estate project is the initial subject of a non-fiction book of a series of aerial photography retrospectives of real estate masterwork developments in southern California selected by the authors. The map will be on two side by side pages that are each 8 ½” wide by 11” tall.
The front and rear book cover are attached. The title of the book is Real Estate Masterwork Series. Half Century Aerial Photography Retrospective. Irvine Company. Newport Center / Fashion Island. Newport Beach, California.
This book will be first class, high quality, professional and not cutesy. Simple sophistication like the simple black dress. The majority of the readers will be mature adults, but it is anticipated that the content will also lend itself to the 25 to 35 year old market as well.
Also enclosed are a couple of aerial photos to acquaint the designers what the property and location look like to assist in their design efforts.
The target publication date is on or before October 1, 2015. All the photos for the book have been selected and the pages are being laid out now!
We desire a very distinctive but simple map design and are anxious to work with that designer that has the ‘eye’ for this assignment.
The books will be self-published softcover through Amazon’s CreateSpace and also digital via Kindel.
The map should likely be labeled “Newport Center / Fashion Island” “Newport Beach, California”
The authors desire the map to somehow incorporate four orientation maps as follows:
(1) Map of the United States of American showing the location of the state of California. On the map besides the United States and the state of California being labeled, the only others will be the location of the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and San Diego. Very rough and only as a crude example is attachment #1
(2) The second orientation piece is that portion of the state of California, a portion of Southern California, where Newport Beach is located. It is somewhat depicted in the attachment #2. The only items that need to be identified on that map are the cities of Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego, then the two islands of Catalina and San Clemente and, of course, the Pacific Ocean. The only road show and labeled is to be state highway 5.
(3) The third orientation piece is that portion of the city of Newport Beach where Newport Center / Fashion is located and is generally shown on attachment #3. The only things that need to be identified are all highlighter in yellow as well as show all water elements are located in blue. The only streets that need to be show and labeled are those that are shown in yellow. No other streets need to be shown or labeled.
(4) The fourth is the most important and will be the largest, possible taking up the majority of one entire page and that is the map of Newport Center / Fashion Island. It is shown on attachment #4. Again the only streets and street labels that need to be shown are those highlighted in yellow.
(5) Attachment #5 is simply a very, very bad attempt by one on the authors to show how the two pages might be laid out.
One alternative we would like explore is the use of the attached #6 which is the aeronautical navigation chart that pilots use. The idea would be to map the background for the entire two pages the aeronautical map, very light for some texture, as an alternative to plain gloss white that will be the pages of the book.
The authors are totally open to suggestions on font styles and sizes as well as suggestions on layout, colors and design. Somehow all the maps need to flow from one to another, I think?
This cannot be a hand sketched map. It must be line art and with all street names and labels of specific fonts. Nothing can be hand printed into or on the maps.
A great resource is Google maps which was used to make the attachments.
We don’t know exactly what we are looking for but will certainly recognize it when we see it!
It is very important that all maps are orientated towards north which is the top of the 11” page as the book is in portrait style.
The goal is to allow a reader of the book from anywhere in the world, that has never traveled outside their town to be able to look at these two pages and immediately grasp the location of the subject property.
It is also very important and part of the assessment that the designer comes up with a great compass depiction that will be used on this map but also on each page of the book where a picture is layout to indicate the orientation of the picture to north. (It might be just a simple line with an N on it)
Good luck and thank you!