Topographic Map

When I first heard about this assignment, I was confused. I thought: How am I supposed to create a layered map with only pictures?I don’t know how to do this, what am I even doing?!  Aparently, there is an application called Adobe Illustrator that allows you to created multiple layers to make on a laser cutter. Confusion filled my mind as my group and I found a map of Iceland and started tracing layers.

It started out easy, and I kept telling myself I can do this, it’s easy!” But then became increasingly difficult as I added more layers. There were about nine different layers that were made, and I was extremely confused as to where each layer was. Our map of Iceland was weird because some layers crossed over others. So, the layers I created had missing lines and were a mess. At that moment, I knew that I failed.

This project was very stressful. I think the reason why it was stressful, was because I was not familiar with the program and had a weird map. In the end, the topographic map was so messed up, that Ms.Sauter let my group stop creating it. I wouldn’t say that I gave up, I think I just let a failed mess go away.

From this experience, I learned that it’s 100% okay to fail. It’s in human nature to fail. I believe that when you fail, you become stronger.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

J.K. Rowling

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