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Posts made in January, 2014

New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in digital maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Digital Maps Offer Color-coded Travel-time Displays

Through the wonders of technology, some maps have expanded their reach from basic wayfinding tools to enlightening information displays. The latest maps do both: providing information displays that aid personal navigation. Case in point: maps that allow you to see at a glance how long it will take to get from here to there on foot or using public transit. Andrew Hardin, a grad student at the University of Colorado, developed a series of ingenious maps – using heat-map visualization – for a...

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“Directional Sense” on the Radio

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, radio, Wayfinding | 0 comments

“Directional Sense” on the Radio

Jan Carpman spoke about directional challenges, the importance of learning wayfinding skills, and her book (with Myron Grant), Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, as a guest on the radio show, “Life’s Issues with Lloyd Rosen,” on Jan. 10, 2014. Have a listen! http://bit.ly/1i77Fou Jan’s other radio appearances are listed...

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New Book Explores Literal & Metaphorical Aspects of Wayfinding

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in books, Directionally challenged, disorientation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Book Explores Literal & Metaphorical Aspects of Wayfinding

The term “wayfinding” is used in both a literal sense (as in finding your way around from one place to another) and a metaphorical one (as in finding your way through life’s challenges). Books, articles, blog posts and other discussions typically focus on either the literal or the metaphorical, but a new book discusses them both. Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding (Harper) by Lynn Darling covers the writer’s journey – changing her urban life to a rural one and taking stock...

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While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in apps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, GPS, tracking, Wayfinding | 0 comments

While You’re Watching Your GPS, It May be Watching You

If you’re directionally challenged, your New Year’s resolutions may relate to GPS devices: get one that’s always accurate, only use voice prompts when driving (ignore that distracting screen), and even learn to rely on your own devices more and GPS less. But here’s another reason to be aware of GPS: while you’re watching it, it may also be watching you. A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that companies providing location-based services (in personal...

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