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An illustrated design that shows University of Manitoba branding design elements in blue along with an illustrated Administration building shown as part of a new print map

Redesigned UM printed campus map brings fresh perspective

New illustrated map showcases both main campuses

May 4, 2022 — 

Starting this summer semester, UM students, faculty, staff and visitors will discover a new way to navigate the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses — with a modern, reimagined printed campus map.

The UM map, updated and distributed across campus annually, brings the campus to life through illustrated design.

The map redesign most notably brings a three-dimensional perspective to UM buildings. The Marketing Communication Office (MCO) transformed the map from its previous iteration with basic shapes for building and parking lots, to a more visual, illustrative approach with drawn spaces and places to guide users with a more positive wayfinding experience.

“Our goal was to bring the map to life in a way that represents the UM campus experience as a vibrant place in our city,” said Marla Chow, MCO’s director, marketing and creative, who oversaw the redesign. “The 2022 map was created to reflect the look and feel of campus and to also celebrate our community, landmarks and greenspace.”

MCO partnered with Melissa Archer, an illustrator who specializes in maps, to highlight the campus’ distinct building architecture, landmarks and people. Attention to details such as featuring active transportation elements demonstrate UM’s commitment to sustainability.

The print map also points to for in-depth details on how to bike, bus and park around campus and offers direct links to information on accessibility services, the shuttle bus, dining services and student residences.

Map users are guided to the UManitoba mobile app to access information on campus services, Bison sports and the interactive digital UM map.

To optimally showcase the Fort Garry campus details, Smartpark west of RhWay is now included exclusively on the UM digital map. The digital map has also been updated with new layers, location pins and campus information, including carpool and meter parking, and more.

Faculty and units can order the print maps from John Baillie in Central Stores, or by dropping by their location at 79 Freedman Cr. between the hours of 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

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