For the past few weeks I have been thinking about the design of the labels that denote the start and end of each race route. Each label needs to make it clear whether it points to the start of an event or the finish. Some spectators may want to watch cars set away from the grid, while others may want to wait for a dramatic finish and since many of the Horizon festival's events are point-to-point, the start and finish lines are in 2 different places.
I filled a page of my notebook with sketches of various icon ideas, going from the predictable chequered flag for a finish to more abstract ideas. The overall idea of this project is to take something vastly complicated and make it easy to understand however, so I came to a natural solution; match the style of the labels to something that already exists on the routelist.
I mentioned before how each entry on the routelist has a routeline denoting the start and end co-ordinates of an event. The design for that routeline's start and end points now carries over to the on-map labels themselves, and further reinforces the point that if you see 2 things with a similar style they must be related.
In this screenshot you see 2 endpoints of race routes, Showcases specifically. You'll see start points as I share further progress, but I think this solution will work when applied across the 69 race routes that appear in total. I have some slight concerns about the scale of these but I'll know soon enough if it was the right call.