Map Enthusiasts tribe: use of maps

Introduction into map enthusiasts

The social thing I am seeking to create is for the map enthusiast tribe, a group of people that enjoy exploration and using their own observation to seek a path rather than being given a set destination.



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Essay related to tribe member Influence 

What is positive about independance a comparison of maps and GPS (link to PDF)


The map enthusiasts enjoy exploration, however they have a dislike towards technology due to the constant guidance that technology gives. I aim to look into how members of the tribe respond to technology that tries to give them a solution.

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Map Enthusiasts tribe: created style of using GPS

Purpose of analysing tribe meters use of GPS

One of the most commonly seen guidance technology is the GPS system that comes built in our mobile devices and vehicles. I will analyse what a member of this tribes response is to GPS

Analysis (click on image)


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There is many that use the GPS system to find their way and many who cannot make use of it without the simple postcode that gives them their destination. This member of the tribe prefers not to use this postcode and rather uses it as a digital map.

As I followed this member of the tribe I found a situation where he navigated through a blank space that a route finder could not access. Allowing the tribe member to use his own observation to find a route that the machine could not.

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Map Enthusiasts tribe: Treasured objects – map and dog – what tribe member trusts from a social thing

Purpose identifying what tribe member trust

In the process of developing a social thing that users can apply their observation skills towards, I felt I first needed to go back to what the member of this tribe treasures. I feel that the treasured objects that the tribe member values can be used as the form or behaviour that the social thing takes to encourage exploration.


Analysis (click on image)



The member of the tribe often trains and goes on walks as part f his routine to get our into the environment and explore in the countryside.


teasured objects


The treasured objects that the tribe member treasures takes the form of map and a dog, representing a form (map) that the user can apply his observation skills to while the other is responsive (dog) by creating reactions that reacts independently from their control. To begin with I will experiment with methods of allowing the tribe member to make use of their observational skills based on the form of a map.

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Map Enthusiasts tribe: plan for unique retro – humans prefer directions that use observation

Purpose of mobile map prototype

In order to create a social thing that allows members of the tribe to use their observational skills, I have begun to create a mobile version of the map that they can use to plot their own path.

Plan (click on image)

mobile mapssteampunkretro map


While the design of the mobile map based on steam punk technology allows the users to plot their own course, the experience appears unresponsive and would be more suitable to individual use than a social thing that draw other member of the tribe to communicate with on another. It is now that I am reminded of the engagement that people get through obtaining directions from other people and having to use their own observational skills to find locations. I will look into ways that responsive technology can replicate the experience of receiving directions from other humans.


– Look at Digital human research

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