The Parsons Journal for Information Mapping

This issue addresses information visualization through a fairly wide scope — wayfinding, people, process, and theory. The first article provides a useful overview of the printed transit map. Of particular interest is the investigation of cartogrammic logic: the pro’s and con’s of distorting geospace to support an easy-to-understand network. The second article shifts from the study of outcomes to an analysis of process, comparing the dimensions of “knowing” and “making” and the implications of “abstract” and “concrete” reasoning in the problem-solving model.

We then jump from formal transit and thinking networks to informal social networks, considering aspects of working spaces, working locations, and group collaboration. The final article in this sequence specifically deals with aspects of simplicity and complexity. It argues for the benefits of spatial, complex solutions when they are more beneficial than the mantra of simplicity would dictate. Together, these four articles provide an edifying range of knowledge from diverse corners of the art, information, and communication fields. (Download PDF)