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4.2.2 Map styling

One map included very detailed axonometric style drawings of buildings and features (see Figure 7), some drew pictures of things which they associated with Paisley (e.g. things which their favourite shop sells). Not everyone who attended the groups produced a map, with some participants saying they could not draw or did not know enough about the area to make a map. This was useful feedback as I was able to re-assure participants that drawing skills were not required, and that making a factually accurate map was not the goal. Following the first workshop I created two dummy maps which helped to explain what a cognitive map could look like, this was a useful tool, together with reinforcement of the title of the session

as ‘Mapping my Paisley’ as I explained that I was interested in how they saw the town, and what was important to them. One can extract rich qualitative data from cognitive maps, for example the assets of value to the map maker, names of locations and areas featured and notes from annotations which feature in the map. Similarities and differences among map makers can be noted, and (as explained above) trends in the asset characteristics identified across my groups. I recognise that 25 maps among five groups with three different demographic profiles will only return a limited insight into the study area, albeit a sound foundation for analysis of these groups; the picture created from my 25 maps is only a snapshot of the area but gives enough qualitative data to assess the commonalities seen in cultural assets.

Figure 7 - Detailed style of mapping


Source: Personal research- workshop participant maps (used with permission)