Maps on paper (an appreciation for the tactile)

I’ve always appreciated maps on paper, and can look at them for extended periods of time even when I’m not planning a trip. Fandangled electronic options are taking over though, and some suggest this could lead to a loss of cultural and geographic literacy. Besides this, I’ve heard of a few disasterous accounts of over-reliance on GPS in the past year, one of which ended up with the wrong house — full of family heirlooms — being demolished.

The most significant advantage I see in GPS is the ability to point you to local services which the article I link to above also points out. This is useful and something paper maps can’t do.

Still, let’s not give up on tactile mappage just yet.

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

One Response to Maps on paper (an appreciation for the tactile)

  1. Julie says:

    Books. I like my book in my hands.

    For me, GPS is like letting somebody else take me somewhere. When that happens, I tend to quit paying attention to the things that’ll let me repeat the journey. (For example, being taken on a tour of the first architecture office I worked in, which was sizeable! That was bad.)

    Or when I was learning to drive. Sure, I’d gone to these places a hundred times… riding in the back seat. Left to my own devices, I had to re-learn where everything was. My family STILL makes jokes that I get lost easily. (I don’t. Now.)

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