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“The map is not the territory.” Alfred Korzybski Advertisements

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The True Size of Africa

Africa is a massive continent. But for whatever reason, map makers make it appear smaller than its “true true” size. As Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski reminds us, “the map is not the territory.” Lines are ultimately arbitrary. Map design is deceptive. But computer-graphics designer Ka Kraise took it upon himself to ‘fight against rampant immappancy,’ in […]

Trust your internal compass

One of the oldest surviving maps (the Babylonian Map of the World) is “about the size and shape of an early iPhone.” But it too was artifice and spin. “The map is not the territory, said Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski. Maps are deceiving representations of reality. To quote the author Mark Monmonier of [easyazon_link identifier=”0226534219″ […]

Orange is the new blue

If you use Google Maps, you’ll notice that the latest version shows ‘areas of interest’ in orange. These are places, according to Google, “where there’s a lot of activities and things to do.” Why orange? I’m not entirely sure, perhaps because green, blue, gray, and white are already taken — reserved for representations of water, grass, […]

“The map is not the territory”

Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski once said that “the map is not the territory.” In other words, a map is an abstraction of land, a mere model of reality just as skeuomorphism makes an icon for trash look like a garbage can. Similarly, the medium is the message. Read “The map is not the territory”

Google Maps streamlines look and adds hotspots

Let’s face it. Google Maps is bloated. It’s like the MySpace of maps with a bunch of different custom options and toolbars. But Google released an update yesterday that promises to declutter its design. “So as part of this update, we’ve removed elements that aren’t absolutely required (like road outlines).” Google also added a new […]

Google Maps personalization will hurt public space and engagement.

The best way to do that is to actually turn us into highly predictable creatures by artificially limiting our choices. Another way is to nudge us to go to places frequented by other people like us—like our Google Plus friends. In short, Google prefers a world where we consistently go to three restaurants to a […]