User-Centered Map Design
Paper in proceedings, 2007

Many people find map reading difficult. The problem lies in translating an exocentric bird’s-eye perspective of traditional maps into an egocentric perspective of the human vision. The experiment presented here suggests that electronic egocentric map displays using real-time 3-D and GPS positioning technology are more efficient, less erroneous, and more user-friendly than traditional static maps or electronic north-up or head-up maps.

Map design

user-centered design

nautical charts


mental rotations


Thomas Porathe

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations, Ship Work Environment and Safety

Proceedings of the Usibility Professionals Associations 2007 Conference, Patterns: Blueprints for Usability, June 11-15, 2007, Austin , Texas, USA

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Innovation and entrepreneurship

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Human Computer Interaction

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