I’m currently working on a large project where many of the team members have very little experience with mapping or GIS technology. It’s interesting to hear their views on how the ‘geospatial stuff’ can help create a better solution for our users and it’s a real eye opener for me to look at my own little world from the outside in. Anyway, to get people thinking about maps and how we can use maps online in our solution I’ve created a Map Design Wall.
Design walls are used a lot by design teams as spaces to gather various ideas and concepts together ranging from low fidelity wire frames and mock ups through to examples of products and brands which provide inspiration. At a practical level a visible design wall is a great way of collecting data together in a single place where we can gather the team and discuss what works and what doesn’t. It’s useful to scrawl on your designs or put stickies on your images to highlight what you like or what you don’t and why. You can also collect ideas into sets, such as different legends, different map page layouts, different ways of enabling users to work with layers, different ways to allow users to work with temporal data etc.
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