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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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What’s the Best Way to Choose a New Subway Map?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in maps, personal navigation, subways, transit maps | 0 comments

What’s the Best Way to Choose a New Subway Map?

Boston, MA and Washington, DC have recently decided put several short-listed, new subway map designs to a public vote. While this is good PR for their respective public transit systems and fun for those who participate, is it really the best way to make these important decisions? “No,” says Max Roberts, a psychologist at the University of Essex (Great Britain), interviewed by NPR’s Rachel Martin. Rather than asking people to vote on their favorite maps, Roberts prefers to test map...

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Help the MBTA Pick a New “T” Map

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in maps, subways, transit maps, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Help the MBTA Pick a New “T” Map

If you live in or travel to the Boston area, you’re probably a user of the “T,” the public transit system, run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The current T map is used constantly – by Boston newbies, directionally challenged riders, and people heading to a new place, wanting to be sure they’re on the correct, color-coded line, going in the correct direction. Last spring, the MBTA launched a map redesign competition in the hopes that a new map would...

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