5 More Design Ideas to Make an Interactive Virtual Campus Tour Stand Out

With the continued growth of technology, many of the things we take for granted have been greatly enhanced by that of computer and mobile software. Take the standard map, for instance. For those of us who don’t know the difference between North and South or 1/3 of a mile, technology has made getting around to various restaurants, hotels, cities, and states all the more easier and convenient.

This is especially true for those young adults embarking on their first year of college or that of returning students to the college world. Having an outstanding campus map design helps students, faculty, and visitors know where they are and where they are going. What should you consider when putting in place a campus map design? We have previously given you ideas to help make an interactive virtual campus tour stand out so here are  five ideas that can help.

1. Use a 3D Map

3D map designs allow for a greater ability to visualize what buildings and landmarks look like. 3D maps help visitors and students get a general idea where certain buildings and hangouts are; this is especially great for larger campuses, such as state universities. There’s also the aspect that maps which are visually appealing mean that more people will actually view them.

2. Video Tour Guides

With the popularity of video websites like YouTube, computer users are used to watching videos for their news, sports, and other interests. Adding video tour guides to your campus map designs, like the 3D maps, helps to orient those who are planning on making the trip to your campus. These guides should show prospective students and parents some of the landmarks of the campus, as well as activities students can partake in, such as football games, fine arts, theater, and more. If you can’t get a video, audio guides can also be helpful, especially in terms of mobile technology.

3. Choose the Best Photos

Pictures often speak louder than words and the best way to promote this saying is to choose the best looking photos that demonstrate the beauty and activity of your campus. Your campus map design should include photos of the grounds of the campus, some shots of buildings (such as historic buildings or renovated ones), and student activity.

4. Don’t Include EVERY Building

While you want your campus map design to reflect the culture of your university or college, you don’t want to go too overboard with it. You should include many of the popular buildings, but not every building needs to be focused on. Prospective students aren’t going to be interested in the bushes outside of the south restrooms; they will however want to know where the administration building,  student union, and stadium are.

5. Keep it Simple Stuid (KISS)

“Keep it simple” or “keep it simple, stupid” has been a saying to reflect the unnecessary complications that we add to whatever project or task we’re working on. That same concept is important to keep in mind when working on your interactive virtual campus tour.  Don’t try and clutter it up with too much stuff or things that your targeted audience don’t care about.

Campus map design needn’t be complicated, only informative and fun for readers.

Photo Credit: Idea by annais

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