The Challenges of Designing Metro Maps

Michael Burch, Robin Woods, Rudolf Netzel, Daniel Weiskopf

Abstract

Metro maps can be regarded as a particular version of information visualization. The goal is to produce readable and effective map designs. In this paper, we combine the expertise of design experts and visualization researchers to achieve this goal. The aesthetic design of the maps should play a major role as the intention of the designer is to make them attractive for the human viewer in order to use the designs in a way that is the most efficient. The designs should invoke accurate actions by the user—in the case of a metro map, the user would be making journeys. We provide two views on metro map designs: one from a designer point of view and one from a visualization expert point of view. The focus of this work is to find a combination of both worlds from which the designer as well as the visualizer can benefit. To reach this goal we first describe the designer’s work when designing metro maps, then we take a look at how a visualizer measures performance from an end user perspective by tracking people’s eyes when working with the formerly designed maps while answering a route finding task.

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Burch M., Woods R., Netzel R. and Weiskopf D. (2016). The Challenges of Designing Metro Maps . In Proceedings of the 11th Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2016) ISBN 978-989-758-175-5, pages 195-202. DOI: 10.5220/0005679601950202


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@conference{ivapp16,
author={Michael Burch and Robin Woods and Rudolf Netzel and Daniel Weiskopf},
title={The Challenges of Designing Metro Maps},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2016)},
year={2016},
pages={195-202},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005679601950202},
isbn={978-989-758-175-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 11th Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2016)
TI - The Challenges of Designing Metro Maps
SN - 978-989-758-175-5
AU - Burch M.
AU - Woods R.
AU - Netzel R.
AU - Weiskopf D.
PY - 2016
SP - 195
EP - 202
DO - 10.5220/0005679601950202