Monthly Archives: January 2010

On route

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Filed under progress, the map

I feel rather brave giving a glimpse of some work bang in the middle of experimenting and asking questions and where aesthetic considerations are on the back burner. But this is how the map (or a tiny part of it, at least) was looking and the end of last week – it’s changing considerably by the day at the moment as we hit problems, raise issues and change our minds about how to best display the information.

As you can see here, the colours, text, sizes, everything is all over the place. But I think it’s worth showing this to illustrate our priorities. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll see see some legible cities thinking happening here as we explore using thumbnail images of landmarks and what sort of perspective renders them most recognisable. You’ll also see priority given to pedestrian navigation as we work out exactly where every footpath starts, goes and ends, how wide it is, how suitable it is for those with limited mobility and whether it’s flat or on a gradient. That’s time-consuming work as there isn’t yet (to the best of our knowledge) a map of Scarborough that has this level of detail. How to effectively show gradients on a town centre map is proving to be one of the biggest challenges.  But we like a challenge.

By the way, the reflection in the computer monitor is one of Scarborough’s iconic landmarks – the Spa footbridge – currently covered in scaffolding whilst it is being renovated.