Festival Map Design

Crafting a Vibrant and User-Friendly Festival Map for the Big Four Arts Festival


The Big Four Arts Festival is a renowned annual event that draws artists, vendors, and art enthusiasts from across the region to celebrate creativity and community. With a sprawling venue and numerous attractions, the need for a clear, engaging, and informative festival map was paramount. This case study delves into how our design team collaborated with Big Four Arts Festival organizers to create a festival map that was not only a navigational tool but also an extension of the event’s vibrant atmosphere.

Client: Big Four Arts Festival Project: Festival Map Design

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Clarity: Ensure that the map is easy to read and understand, even for first-time festival-goers.
  2. Brand Consistency: Integrate the festival’s branding and aesthetic into the map design to create a seamless user experience.
  3. User Engagement: Design the map to be engaging and encourage exploration of all areas of the festival.
  4. Practicality: Include essential information such as restroom locations, first aid stations, food vendors, and stage locations.
  5. Digital Integration: Develop a digital version of the map that could be accessed via the festival’s mobile app.


  1. Complex Venue Layout: The festival’s layout was intricate, with numerous booths, stages, and amenities spread across a large area.
  2. Time Constraints: The map needed to be completed well in advance of the festival to ensure ample time for printing and distribution.


  1. Client Collaboration: Engaged in multiple discussions and planning sessions with the festival organizers to understand their vision and gather all necessary information.
  2. Initial Sketches: Developed a series of rough sketches to layout the basic structure and elements of the map.
  3. Design Iterations: Created multiple design iterations, incorporating feedback from the client at each stage.
  4. Branding Integration: Ensured that the festival’s color scheme, typography, and logos were seamlessly integrated into the map design.
  5. User Testing: Conducted user testing with a focus group to gather feedback on the map’s usability and design.
  6. Digital Integration: Worked with the festival’s app developers to integrate the map into their mobile platform.
  7. Finalization and Delivery: Made final adjustments based on user testing and client feedback, and delivered the final versions of both the print and digital maps.


The Big Four Arts Festival map was enthusiastically received by both the festival organizers and attendees. The clear layout, vibrant design, and inclusion of all essential information made navigation easy, enhancing the overall festival experience. The digital version of the map also saw significant usage, showcasing the success of the integrated approach.


The collaboration between our design team and the Big Four Arts Festival organizers resulted in a festival map that was not just a tool, but a valuable part of the event experience. The successful melding of practicality, brand consistency, and engaging design ensured that festival-goers could easily navigate and fully enjoy all that the event had to offer. This project underscored the importance of thoughtful design and user-centric planning in creating effective navigational materials for large-scale events.