User-research leads to new approach

User-research leads to new approach to map design

The Sunday Times seem to have put a slightly sexist spin on this, but
the main point is that the Ordinance Survey based their map redesign on
some pretty serious study of their users… which is detailed in the
article, as is the commercial return on that investment…

“So far the response has been fantastic. We have sold
50% more of the maps than we anticipated. They are vastly simplified
and key features, like roads, are exaggerated, which makes them easier
to read.”

THE SUNDAY TIMES: “Simpler maps put women on right track”

Information and lightness Started talking

Information and lightness

Started talking again about doors of perception last night with Phil and James,
and the notion of lightness and information that was explored – john
thackara’s ecological rucksack that all information products invisibly
drag around with them… then went to sylloge today to find that Stuart Butterfield’s excellent talks are now transcripted, and he promises that the great diagrams to illustrate the concepts raised throughout he used will soon be up on his site: whoo-hoo!

William Mitchell: digital impacts on

William Mitchell: digital impacts on urban fabric

More fuel for the carfreelondon fire…

“Though cities aren’t going away, the electronically
enabled shift of activities back to the home and the resulting 24-hour,
pedestrian-scale neighborhoods may actually re-create what was best
about the old-style small towns and urban neighborhoods. Ideally, the
change will produce a vigorous local social and cultural life.”

“location, location, location” -Context Magazine
found via Tomalak’s Realm