For one of my design projects back in college, we had to create a poster using only typography that represented the layout of a place. We had to take at least 1,000 steps around it and we had to design based on what we saw or heard and turn it into a visual representation.
For my place, I chose a Barnes and Noble out in West Des Moines, IA. I made mine well organized and laid out to represent the different sections and areas of the store. And to reflect the book-ish-ness of the area I was in.
That day was a particularly exciting day as they had a live violin performance and I think I brought one of my friends along with me. Using my journalism skills, I brought my recorder with me and a notepad and took lots of notes around the area. I also interviewed some shoppers there.
Overall, it was a fun assignment and I really liked the challenge. I enjoyed having to go out in the town and do a bit of research in person instead of sitting at a screen or desk all the time. My classmates also did some really interesting work so it was cool getting to see all the different variety that came from this project.