Maps for Dublin

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I found an interesting article on Urban Scale which in turn referenced a project by a chap who had tackled the Dublin Transit map. Obviously interesting as I did the current Dublin Bus map. Good to see a thorough process but as he begins by inventing a BRT network it’s a theoretical process.

More Google Problems

So here’s a quick illustration of the problems with Google’s automated mapping systems. When you zoom into Haggerston train station in London you get all kinds of jumpy information going on.

And this can only serve to confuse you, especially as at the further zoom point it seems like the station is called Stonebridge. It transpires that Stonebridge is in fact a park nearby (and possibly a local area name, but i’ve never heard of it).

Final it finishes with the tube and rail station seeming to be quite far apart. Which they ain’t.

That it is all.

Awesome Data Visualisation

Found via www.infographicsnews.blogspot.com how about this for a fun way to visualise city data:

http://map.baidu.com/?newmap=1&l=17&tn=B_DIMENSIONAL_MAP&c=642434,9425600&cc=bj&s=s%26wd%3D??%26c%3D289%26src%3D0&sc=0

Somewhere between Sim City and Google Maps. In fact exaclty half way between the two. It takes a while to load up but it’s worth it for the quality of illustration, let alone the fact that it contains useful data.

No idea what it says though.

TfL rolling out new walking maps

As the growing legacy influence of Legible London spreads out across the TfL network you will now find the new walking maps at some bus stops (presumably all sooner or later).

Apart from looking great, and linking perfectly with the new cycle hire maps they represent an marked improvement in the level of information available to those getting off the bus, and to those a bit lost who gravitate towards the bus stop as a place of information.

One complaint: no ‘you are here’ information, obviously it’s difficult to do this without needing lots of one-off artworks, but they could at least have included the bus stop codes, that way you can at least work out where you are by looking at the stop codes on top of the stop you’re at.

The 3D buildings are looking great too. Have a look at the Barbican in all it’s architectural glory.

Ah well, patience my dears…

Multimodal Spiders

Prompted by a post on AntiMega i’ve been shooting my mouth off again, have a look at the original article, it’s about the new multimodal spider maps TfL have introduced with both buses and Tube line together, my thoughts below:

“It seems to me that the biggest problem with these maps is the disassociation with reality. As much as information can help to influence behaviour, if the physical reality doesn’t match up then you risk adding confusion.

I think it’s rather challenging to have the two services presented together in such a visually similar style. Rendered like this the tube lines seem more like express services bus that only stop infrequently (although probably only if you’re a tourist), I wonder if a stronger visual distinction between tube and bus services is necessary. How about making the tube lines double thickness? Or a difference in the style of line, different radii for example, something to give you a notion of the complexity.

TfL already has a problem with the similarity between spider maps and the tube map, it exacerbated by having the spider maps inside the tube stations. Do you know where these maps might be found? At a bus stop (in which case i’ve probably already decided on a bus) or inside the tube station (in which case i’ve already decided on the Tube), or perhaps online when i’m planning my journey (in which case i’d rather use Journey Planner).

Of course, i’m being rather harsh. Modal integration is not easy, especially with the legacy of London Buses, Underground, Overground etc. I’m sure many people will be able to figure these diagrams out and make use of the information. I just hope this doesn’t raise more questions than it answers.

And I can’t wait to see the one for Bank/Monument…”

3D Maps

As more and more tech and data companies scramble to get the next big thing in mapping Yell.com has entered the fray with 3D view on their map site.

While coverage is excellent, the close detail betrays the technology underpinning it. It’s interesting though, through a largely automated process it’s possible to show a textured 3D model of an entire city.

i’m not quite sure what you’d use it for, but we live in times of technology being born before it’s most obvious use is clear.

http://www.yell.com/maps/