Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mapping Places and their Cultures


I've always been interested in how we use maps to convey how places work or their offer of services and I am always on the lookout for new ways of doing so.
Today I read a great blog on the Atlantic Cities site by Eric Jaffee (address below). His post is on how classic maps, such as those for transportation systems, can be adapted to map other aspects of place and its components. The one that particularly resonated with me was a map created by designer David Honnorat on the "Best Movies of All Time", shown below. 
This map entwines 20 "lines" of classic cinema and features a line of "universally acclaimed cinema" at the heart of the map with " stops" at some great movies like The Godfather II, Star Wars, and Citizen Kane, which is connected to other lines that carry other genres ranging from from romance to gangster to animation.
This has got me thinking about the use of such graphic tools and how they might be adapted to map other kinds of offer or services of places. So watch this space for my future posts on place experience maps.
The Best Movies of All Time Map
Designed by David Honnorat.
Eric Jaffee's post can be found at: 
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2012/11/6-great-transit-maps-arent-transit-maps/3990/