Map of Moodle

Tonight I give you my finished version of a Moodle Map. This time drawn on paper. I’m fairly happy with it, for now. If I were to recreate it again, I would firstly go searching for my circle template ruler. Because I can’t seem to make perfect circles when tracing around bowls and bottle caps. Secondly, I would experiment with less cartoony icons, even though these represent what I wanted. And lastly, I would sketch out the placements for the words and icons before inking them, instead of eyeballing the positioning.

I’ve drawn some inspiration from a few items in my two favorite book series, His Dark Materials (P.Pullman) and Harry Potter (J.K.Rowling).
These being Lyra’s Alethiometer in Northern Lights, and the Weasley family’s grandfather clock (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire) and I’ve also gotten some inspiration from Art Noveau style.

Materials used:

  • sketched with a mechanical pencil 0.3
  • inked with black drawing pen 07 and 03
  • colored and outlined with a selection of fineliners
  • some details in metallic colored pencil
  • bold outlines with a golden Sharpie
My moodle map. Plays on the look of compasses, barometers and clocks.

Thinking Process • Moodle Map

One of the tasks to do, is about making my own map of the Moodle site. First obvious thought is to make a traditional map, but when the requirements says to think outside the box, that’s not an option.

I thought about making a shop-style overview, where each section of Moodle would be represented by a row of shelves. However, that’s not how I look at the page. So instead I have moved on to defining how I use it.

I’ve visualized the starting point, the dashboard, as the center hub. And from there, I can go in any direction to find the different sections. Do I want the forums? Do I want to look at the schedule? Or maybe look for the recommended reading list?

I’ve visualized my ideas digitally for now, and will do the final version on paper. My current sketches are displayed below.

Gets random idea while writing blogpost: Perhaps I could go for a compass or barometer style look?