PAX West 2016 Area Map

Map of Seattle around the Washington State Convention Center, with convention venues and hotels highlighted.

Building data © OpenStreetMap contributors

PAX West takes place annually in Seattle, Washington, and I’ve attended a number of times. Due to the size of the convention, PAX spreads out beyond the Washington State Convention Center into many downtown Seattle event spaces. I thought it would be an interesting project to map the convention venues, as well as the hotels affiliated with PAX or commonly used by PAX attendees. The venues change slightly year to year; this map is based on PAX West 2016 venues.

Using QGIS with OpenStreetMap data, I created a map of building data for downtown Seattle. I then exported the building shapes as an SVG file, and used Inkscape to highlight certain buildings, add street names, and add a legend.