In Brief

A simple mapping tool takes historic events, objects and physical locations and maps them over familiar areas, tying these foreign things to the known physical space of the user.

Berg London launched the BBC Dimensions website last week in an ongoing trial for the next few months. The simple mapping tool takes historic events, objects and physical locations and maps them over familiar areas, tying these foreign things to the known physical space of the user. The design team at Berg began exploring new ways to explain history with the BBC a year ago, and Dimensions is the result.

An early concept document explains the ideas behind the project:

“We want to bring home the human scale of events and places in history. The Apollo 11 Moon walk explored an area smaller than Trafalgar Square; the distance between your WW1 trench and the enemy could only be as much as from your front door to the street corner.

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