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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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Museum of Modern Art’s App Helps Directionally-Challenged Art Lovers

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in apps, Directionally challenged, museums, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Museum of Modern Art’s App Helps Directionally-Challenged Art Lovers

Museum apps for smart phones and tablets are becoming commonplace and, in addition to scads of information about their offerings, offer directionally-challenged patrons assistance with finding their way around. Check out this one from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. If you’ve used it, let us know about your experience. http://bit.ly/1la1542 Here’s a review: http://nwsdy.li/1mEiq7T   ————————————— If...

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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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