Monthly Archives: March 2010

Interventions 1

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North vs South

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Had a really useful session looking at our prototype area of map with the Civic Society today. It was opportunity to thrash out some of the ‘tensions’ on the map we’ve been debating within the team, not least how much of Scarborough we show in true legible-cities detail and how much we show just as a small scale overview. We’ve been working on just the South Bay knowing that sooner or later we had to address the relationship with the North Bay, which has a smaller number of cultural landmarks but is just as important in being part of Scarborough’s unique flavour.  The limiting factor is paper size as usability concerns mean we don’t want to go above A2, especially not a windy day when we might see CHART Scarborough users being blown across the headland, our maps acting as a sail.

Prototype ver.2 is now in production taking into some revised thinking on indicating distance, landmarks and scale. I’m really pleased with how the map is looking, knowing that we have some solid theory and research behind it and that initial reactions to the map are always how attractive it is (largely the fruits of James’s labour).

And keep an eye out for our town centre ‘interventions’ – starting next week and offering opportunity to contribute to the map’s content and win some goodies into the bargain.