Welcome to Lesson 9! Last week, we discussed some of the new technologies that have been influential on current trends in cartography, including interactive and animated maps, 3D visualization, and augmented reality. While interactive and dynamic maps present a myriad of opportunities for creating new and exciting designs, they also introduce many new challenges. Studies of interactive maps draw from research not only in cartography and psychology but in other cognate fields such as human computer interaction (HCI), human factors, and usability engineering. We will discuss various approaches for studying dynamic maps in this lesson.
Unlike the static maps that we have focused on for most of this course, maps we discuss here are dynamic—they change based on interactions (either active or passive) by the map reader. In such cases, we begin to consider the map reader instead as a map user. Additionally, as these maps typically appear alongside other media (e.g., supplemental charts, article text, videos), we consider these map-adjacent elements and how they influence the user experience. In Lab 9, we put this knowledge to use and design an interactive data visualization story with the visual analytics platform Tableau.
There are no external required readings for Lesson 9. Instead, you should explore in-depth the links included in this week's lesson content.
Additional (recommended) readings are clearly noted throughout the lesson and can be pursued as your time and interest allow.
If you have questions, please feel free to post them to Lesson 9 Discussion Forum. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.