Mapping simplicity

‘Most of the times you need the book next to the book you came for’ – a teacher

When going to the library to search for books on mapping strategies. It dawned to me that it might be good to look into infographics. And yes, next to the handbook on infographics were highly interesting books on making diagrams. Which looks a lot like the maps we create as service designers. The purposes are different and we can learn from the graphic designers. I’ll write in depth about that aspect in my essay. One of the books that sparked my attention is from Jozua Zaagman: ‘Comfort zone and disillusion #4 from here to there – reality mapping’ who made maps out of real time situations using a strict grid and mapping language. A small book explains his method and way of going about it. His way of mapping is precise and rigid. I would like to connect this with the work of Jan Rothuizen, a Dutch illustrator, who draws the stories of places and the people in it. The two have a completely different style but are both on spot when it comes to registering happenings. It also links back to a class we had from Tine Bech who uses her own ‘language’ while observing people in the playgrounds she creates. I think we could use these methods during research in a more rapid way than what we do at the moment. Now we’ve conducted research, came back and made the maps. The two mentioned people make the maps at the spots and these become like recording machines. A tool I hope to use with my next research interview or observation.

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