E-map. Investigating Methods for Mapping Experiences
In spring 2001 an investigation was conducted at the University of Westminster intended to analyse personal experiences of the London Underground as a review of current techniques for recording and mapping ideas. This was carried out by a group of students in collaboration with PDD Ltd., a leading London Innovations consultancy. The work was intended as a pilot study, and forms part of a larger research investigation. The project is funded by the government through the TCD. The project analysed the success of particular methods of categorising research and a review of methods of mapping and communicating observations. Some of the primary issues under consideration were: How can designers begin to understand the structure of people’s experience of the world and map the results effectively? What mechanisms are available to effectively communicate experience? How can a model help designers work collaboratively around a shared language? The work focussed specifically on exploring different ways of observing and capturing information for subsequent application to design. The methods needed to be suitable for subsequent communication and application to cross-disciplinary design teams.