The World of Karto stylized map.

Tags & Tools

Digital Experience
Web Design
3D Modeling
Blender
ThreeJS
HTML/CSS/JS

Credit

Design, Modeling, and Development: Jack Wiese

Case Study

The World of Karto

The World of Karto is an interactive experience exploring the intersection of storytelling and cartography through design. Its goal was to present one method of showcasing a fictional story solely through a 3D map generated using spoofed GIS data. It also featured a companion exhibition display as part of the ARTIFACT Exhibition.

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The World of Karto stylized map.

The Goal

In my final year of education at The University of Minnesota, I had to research a design topic I found interesting and create a mini-thesis on that topic. I was really interested in learning more about storytelling and how maps have been used to tell stories. From Winnie the Pooh to Lord of the Rings, I came to learn that maps have a very deep role in many novels and stories. For our final exhibition we had to take our research and implement it in a real-life display.

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A low-poly art style sign post
World of Karto Logotype animating on Letter by Letter
World of Karto Logotype animating on Letter by Letter

The Result

To create Karto, I had to learn several different softwares and development languages. From Blender for the 3D modeling, to creating a local development environment for NPM and ES6 Modules, a lot of my time was spent learning each medium. The final product showcases the capabilities of digital maps and 3D when brought together, all while looking like a video game. The project was displayed in May 2022 during the ARTIFACT Exhibition.

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World of Karto Pin Icon