PRAIRIE PATTERNS is a self-initiated project undertaken during my final year of graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

This project is a mapping exercise to visualize my daily movement patterns on the prairie. I was interested in this idea that, despite the fact that the Urbana-Champaign area is relatively sprawled out college town on the prairie, I was consistently moving in the same patterns. I continuously went back-and-forth between my flat in downtown Champaign and studio space on campus, which was punctuated with exploratory bike rides and nighttime walks outside of this bubble. This graphic journal provides a lens for me to visualize the familiarity of how I moved through and experienced a small portion of the prairie.

Data was collected using the Runmeter app for iPhone. This app records location, time and type of activity using the iPhone’s GPS and gyscope sensors. Raw data was exported into Google Earth Pro, and then taken into Adobe Illustrator where line weights and colors were added.