Making Mental Maps Manifest
A German designer creates mashups of mental and real world maps.
German designer Benedikt Groß is fascinated by mental maps. How do we remember locations and the spaces around us? What do we use, mentally, to get around in a complex environment? And more importantly, how do mental representations of space compare to ‘real world’ maps?
To answer these questions and hopefully gain some valuable cognitive and topographical design insight, Benedikt created a set of tools and processes that generate mashups of people’s drawn maps (assumed to be closest and most easily accessible representation of a mental map) with real maps from OpenStreetMap of Vauxhall in London.