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“The Knowledge” – The Ultimate Test of London’s Detailed Geography

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in asking directions, cognitive maps, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, navigation, personal navigation, Uncategorized, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

“The Knowledge” – The Ultimate Test of London’s Detailed Geography

If you’ve ever wondered whether there’s a wayfinding Olympics, take a look at this extraordinary New York Times article by Jody Rosen describing the years of detailed navigation & wayfinding study (and resulting sacrifices) undertaken by people seeking to be official London taxi drivers. “The Knowledge,” has been called the most difficult mental undertaking and test in the world: requiring students to memorize the city’s 25,000 streets and every business and landmark on them....

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A Real Wayfinding Wiz at the Gas Station

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in asking directions, Directionally challenged, giving directions, Wayfinding | 0 comments

A Real Wayfinding Wiz at the Gas Station

There are many anecdotes about people who can’t find their way anywhere (and even some books for and about them!), but here’s a story about a real wayfinding wiz: someone who knows exactly where he (and you) are and who can give accurate, useful, device-free directions about how to find just about any destination. See this story by Cheryl Truman of the Lexington Herald-Leader about Ken Brookins, a worker at a Shell station in Lexington, KY: http://bit.ly/1E1gpW6 Important for the...

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Airport Terminology Can Cause You to Get Lost

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in airports, asking directions, Directionally challenged, getting lost, terminology | 0 comments

Airport Terminology Can Cause You to Get Lost

It’s every directionally challenged person’s nightmare: not being able to find your gate at the airport and missing your plane. In a recent article on 4hoteliers.com, frequent flyer Doug Kennedy recounts a frustrating experience at one major US airport, trying to find “Terminal D”, mysteriously missing from most of the signs and maps he consulted. His tale is a familiar one to anyone who’s ever been lost – feeling panicked, asking directions, but not being able to get help. After a...

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Wayfinding Confusion in a Turkish City

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in asking directions, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, getting lost, giving directions, landmarks, navigation, personal navigation, travel, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Wayfinding Confusion in a Turkish City

Do you think the US is one of the most confusing places for directionally challenged (and not-so challenged) people to navigate? Well, as the song goes, it ain’t necessarily so. A web article describing the wayfinding woes of a Turkish city called Fethiye (pop. ~68,000), shows that disorienting places aren’t limited to those closest to us. Even if you’re not on your way to Turkey, it’s worth taking a look at this article to see how finding your way around Fethiye may be much...

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