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Which is More Confusing: Initial Wayfinding or Wayfinding Revisited?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in cognitive maps, disorientation, getting lost, maps, navigation, subways, transit maps | 0 comments

Which is More Confusing: Initial Wayfinding or Wayfinding Revisited?

Which do you find more confusing: going to a place you’ve never visited before or going to a place you once knew well, but that has changed significantly? In an opinion piece in The New York Times, “London Lost and Found,” Mahesh Rao describes his literal and figurative confusion as he revisits London once or twice a year after he moved from there to India in 2008. As a visitor he looks more intently and sees small sights he missed when he was a resident. Rather than taking things for...

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A Mapmaker for Self-Driving Cars

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in autonomous cars, maps, navigation, self-driving cars | 0 comments

A Mapmaker for Self-Driving Cars

If you’re directionally challenged, you may have dreamed of never having to navigate again as your car finds its way by itself. That day is edging ever closer as self-driving (autonomous) cars are being developed and tested. John Ristevski, of HERE, a global company that builds high-resolution maps, is one of the people who may make it possible for you (and your autonomous car) to navigate under normal conditions and even in a blizzard, when you can’t see the road in front of you. He and...

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World’s Largest You-Are-Here Map?

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in maps | 0 comments

World’s Largest You-Are-Here Map?

Maps come in all sizes, but here’s one in unofficial competition for “world’s largest”. It’s in Chicago on the 300 South Wacker Tower, showing the location of the building within the city. The “You-Are-Here” map/facade was designed by ESI Design. ————————————— If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around,...

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What Does a Mental Map Look Like in 3D?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in cognitive maps, maps, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

What Does a Mental Map Look Like in 3D?

As we skillfully or fitfully make our way from here to there, most of us develop some sort of mental images of the routes we travel. While we may come to “know” certain routes after repeated use, we can’t always communicate them well. Verbal descriptions may be imprecise and drawings may be, well, sketchy. Enter Claire Sauvaget, a French digital artist, who has devised a new way to depict her pedestrian commute using 3D-printed models. While the aptly titled “Mental Map” is a work of...

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“Mapping the City” Exhibit in London, England

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in cognitive maps, maps, museum exhibition, personal navigation | 0 comments

“Mapping the City” Exhibit in London, England

An exhibit in London, England, called “Mapping the City” turns the concept of geographically accurate maps into something quite different. In the Somerset House show, some 50 international graffiti and street artists use a variety of media to create visual representations of spaces that are reflect emotions, personal meaning, and private references. The free exhibit runs from January 22-February 15, 2015. There are also several related events, hosted by University College London...

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Maps as a Window into New York City’s History

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in digital maps, maps | 0 comments

Maps as a Window into New York City’s History

It’s easy to consider maps only as a present-day navigation tool, but they can also be a key to the past. If you live in, travel to, or have roots in, New York City, you’ll want to know about an enormous collection of NYC maps recently released by the New York Public Library as free, high-res, digital downloads. http://on.nypl.org/1hjeZOS This map treasure trove includes 1000+ maps of NYC spanning the 17th – 20th centuries, “which detail transportation, vice, real estate...

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