My Food Map of Miami

Topic Selection:

I find that food is my favorite way to bond with other people. I love eating with other people, I love cooking for other people and I love cooking with other people. If I am going to visit a new city, I tend to plan my activities around the food the city has to offer while sightseeing activities are secondary. If a friend of mine is going to visit a new city, I catch myself suggesting a restaurant that I enjoyed when I visited that city, or one that I read about online. Now that I am about to graduate from the University of Miami and move away after four years of living here, I wanted to create a food map of Miami as a sort of commemorative way of expressing my gratitude for the time I’ve spent here.

Discovery:

I’ve lived in Miami since my freshman year of college which has allowed me ample time to explore the city and the food it has to offer. But I didn’t find I was able to truly begin my exploration of Miamis’ food until my sophomore year, the year I got my first car. Unsurprisingly, it’s pretty hard to explore Miami without one. And before that, my diet was more or less restricted to the food offered at University of Miami’s dining halls which is notoriously bad.

Data:

For each restaurant, I pinpointed its location on my map of Miami, as shown in the final version of the project. I gave each restaurant a short write-up detailing my thoughts about it, along with a rating out of five stars, a dollar-sign symbol indicating how expensive it is, and a symbol indicating whether or not the menu includes vegan options.

Drafts:

My first two drafts were primarily made up of a general layout for my infographic which used placeholder shapes and images. I wanted to start by focusing on the overall layout design and mostly finalizing it before I even started adding in the actual content.

Draft 1
Draft 2
Draft 3

The Visualization:

Reflection:

Working on a project comes very naturally when you are really interested in the topic you’ve chosen to work with! This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but this project was still a nice reminder of how fun it can be to create things that you care about. One of the most exciting things about working with infographics and data visualizations is that there are endless topics to focus your visualization on, and there is so much to learn from the research that goes into building them.

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