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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 art, not a wayfinding aid, it offers a fascinating look at how one person envisions her daily travels.

Read more about it in this article by Debra Thimmesch:

If you’re directionally challenged you need the award-winning book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.


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