The Science Of A Great Subway Map
"Transit maps have a considerable impact on the everyday lives of people in cities…Recently, some vision scientists at MIT developed a remarkably direct way to perform just this type of map evaluation. The research team, led by Ruth Rosenholtz of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, devised a computer model capable of determining how well people will comprehend a subway map (or any other complex diagram) in a single glance. The model spits out alternate visualizations called “mongrels”—twisted images that represent how our brains actually process the maps in front of our eyes.”
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