Data-Ink Ratio

Data-Ink Ratio
TweetWhat Problem Does This Solve? A large share of “ink” (pixels) on a map should present data-information, i.e. show more data that is relevant to the user performing a task. When to Use This Pattern Always strive to show what is important while simultaneously removing what is not important. What’s the Solution? In order to ...

Desert Fog Problem 1

Desert Fog Problem
TweetWhat Problem Does This Solve? In multi-scale systems it is increasingly easy to get lost because of the lack of clues to orient oneself. When to Use This Pattern This pattern can occur quite frequently when navigating map applications horizontally (at the same zoom level) or vertically (across multiple zoom levels). Possible reasons for not ...

Task Oriented

Task Oriented
TweetWhat Problem Does This Solve? Users need to accomplish their task and get frustrated or even leave your application if they are not able to find and complete it. When to Use This Pattern Good indicators that your map application would benefit from a task oriented design is when it looks and behaves like a ...

Empty State

Empty State
TweetWhat Problem Does This Solve? Empty state is the screen that people see when they start working on a task but there is no data to show yet. In the context of a map application one can easily get the impression that a map is not empty because it shows colorful content of the whole ...