Space Relations, Memory, Cartography and Web Design

by tatiana on September 2, 2008

Hey there! I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Here is a very well written, well researched article I stumbled upon that applies the theories of space, memory, and mapping to the art and science of web design. Check it out!

Mapping Memory: Web Designer as Information Cartographer


“Space, according to Lefebvre, is created by the flows and movements of relational networks—such as capital, power, and information—in, across, and through a given physical area. A building, in Lefebvre’s reading, is a map of the interactions of the people who inhabit it; an architect is not a builder in an otherwise empty wilderness, but an observer, chronicler, and shaper of the networks that exist around her—in short, a map maker. Websites informed by a Lefebvrian conception of cyberspace rather than a Cartesian one would provide truly user-centered design, by recognizing that it is the users themselves whose actions produce the website; the web designer merely facilitates that creation.”

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Knits With Carrots September 13, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Ok this is a bit related I think? In Australia their maps have Australia in the upper left-hand corner, “upside down.” It’s crazy to think about maps and the way we represent space… even though our planet doesn’t have any kind of “natural” orientation. So maybe… something something user-created?


tatiana September 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Whoa! I totally didn’t know that about Australia. That’s kind of awesome. And true, like you said, user created orientation. Kinda makes me want to be an explorer, and explore uncharted lands… if there are any left. :o)


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