Visual Navigation with Schematic Maps

  • Steffen Bogen
  • Ulrik Brandes
  • Hendrik Ziezold
Conference paper


A prototypical example of the operational dimensions of visual information communication is the use of schematic maps for visual navigation. The implementation of maps on location-sensitive or handheld devices has changed the preliminaries of common mapping techniques. By an analysis of selected examples, both historic and current, we want to open up the space for innovative map design options. Our approach blends art history and computer science, and is based on a systematic, operational perspective. It may be unexpected, though, that it starts from the way that graphic design supports imaginative navigation on the map, rather than considering its utility for navigation in the physical space directly.


Mobile Device Navigation System Visual Navigation Travel Destination Metro Network 
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This work was supported by Volkswagen Foundation under grant II/81425 (project “Visual Navigation”). We would like to thank Christian Ehinger, Gesa Henselmans, Albert K¨ummel-Schnur, Ilka Ludwig, Felix Th¨urlemann, and Julia Zons for helpful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Bogen
    • 1
  • Ulrik Brandes
    • 2
  • Hendrik Ziezold
    • 2
  1. 1.Art History & Media StudiesUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2.Computer & Information ScienceUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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