Multiple Perspectives in Design

Stirnemann, Julia Mia (2015). Multiple Perspectives in Design In: 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies. Taipei / Taiwan. 26.-28.10.2016. 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_003

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Abstract The depiction of the world by means of world maps makes design perspective an issue of cartography. In design issues, world maps have different purposes, such as in the field of information graphics. The geographical centres of conventional world maps are usually defined by the Equator that forms the horizontal axis, rather than by the thematically relevant geographical area of the map’s topic. Conventional world maps are commonly used without much thought to the relationship between the map’s theme and its geographical centre. These prevailing conventions are responsible for the specific worldview that emerges from a unique perspective and a unique ideological point of view. This raises the question: what if world maps could be designed with different perspectives? “Mapping World Maps” answers this question by proposing a principle for generating unconventional world maps. Special-purpose software has now been developed ( to generate wholly new varieties of world maps.

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Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute of Design Research


Stirnemann, Julia Mia




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05 Aug 2019 12:48

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30 Nov 2020 15:46

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Visual communication, cartography, generative graphics, world maps, viewpoints


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