One-dimensional maps: why an old form of mapmaking deserves a revival

An IDA talk by Laurance Penney

Until recently maps in the form of long strips were a widely used method of communication about travel and linear geographic features: roads, routes, railways, rivers and so on.

Laurence will present some of the best examples of one-dimensional mapmaking from the last 2,000 years. He questions assumptions that the dominant contemporary forms – Ordnance Survey, Google and sat-nav – perform the same tasks as well, and proposes one-dimensional approaches for modern, mobile devices. The audience will have the opportunity to handle many of the old maps directly. 

Laurence Penney is an independent consultant working mainly for MyFonts, which he helped set up in 1999.