Ways to Talk About Places

Since we're doing a mapping project in Typography, Kristin Hughes gave a lecture on ways to talk about places.

Some ways to talk about places:

  • Signs as maps. Communicates spacial relationships.
  • Interpretive Maps. Show ground and tactical areas. Defines places by shape, tone, pattern, repetition.
  • Walkabout. Place as a rite of passage.
  • Annotated Schematic Map. Gives a sense of place and orientation.
  • Panoramic Perspective. Typically shows landmarks from a bird's eye view.
  • Word Collage.
  • Image Map. A place through pictures.
  • Symbolic Diagrams. Shows abstract information like past, present, and future.
  • Soundscapes. Place through sounds.

All of this is related to what Ken Hiebert calls experience mapping. Experience Mapping has several key components:

  • Wayfinding. Providing directions to relevant information.
  • Paths and Points. Paths are routes along points. Points are events, places, etc.
  • Landmarks. Landmarks turn the generic into the specific. "Make a left at the ice cream store."
  • Grid. Shows the underlying structure of a place.
  • Key. Explains.

Originally posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2004

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