GIGAMAPPING

Related Approaches

There are three related approaches that are derived from gigamapping: synthesis maps, layered scenario mapping, and metaphor maps. Common to them is that they are narrower framed than the gigamap and are more specialised towards a purpose. The gigamap is intentionally left open and general as well as process-oriented.

Synthesis Maps

Peter Jones & Jeremy Bowes

Abstract: This paper presents a framework and process for a visual language that is developing as a systemic visual method, and to integrate and outline aspects of this synthetic map formulation as the “synthesis map” both with reference to contributing authors, but also as a comparison to design principles and the method of visual design language. In this way the technique’s purpose as an emergent and creative tool – method can be illustrated, in contrast to the approaches of infographics, and other visual map making associated with design ideation, and design schema representation. Synthesis maps integrate evidence and expertise in a visual narrative for knowledge translation and communication.

Systemic Design Pedagogy, Narrative, and Intervention. Peter Jones and Jeremy Bowes, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

CanIMPACT Clinical Synthesis Map. © 2016 OCADU Strategic Innovation Lab (Jones P. and Bowes J. 2016).

LayeredScenarioMapping

Layered Scenario Mapping

By Sigrun Lurås PhD

Layered scenario mapping is used to gain insight into the ‘situation one designs for. It is a systemic technique and emphasises presenting information in different layers going from an overview to very detailed information. The technique proposes a structured approach to collecting and presenting data and provides a template for sorting and presenting the data in a layered manner hierarchically, spatially, and temporally.

Metaphor maps

National Institute of Design

At the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, they have developed a tradition of gigamapping that is quite characteristic. It is recognised by its vivid use of metaphors, making these maps immediately accessible. In this example, a group of students under the guidance of Professor Praveen Nahar and  Sahil Thappa pulled apart the notion of empathy and revealed it as a system of its own.

About Gigamapping

Testimonials: SOD & Gigamapping

Testimonials: SOD & Gigamapping

"For me, systems approach has been most significant as to providing a direction towards interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary design. More specifically I use it for bridging biology and architecture in problem solving, I believe Systems approach is a powerful way...

Gigamap Exemplars

Gigamap Exemplars

This is a collection of exemplars, not a typology.The intention of this collection is to inspire you and to show that there are many ways of designing a gigamap – and that there are many uses and functionalities of the maps. Therefore, the maps were not chosen because...

Sense Sharing

Sense Sharing

Gigamaps are about more than just mapping out facts, entities and relations Gigamaps are about sharing a sense of complexity. If the team members have a diverging sense of the complexity of the task, this is a problem. The person who thinks it is a simple task will...

Layered Scenario Mapping

Layered Scenario Mapping

By Sigrun Lurås Layered scenario mapping is a technique used to gain insight into the ‘situation one designs for’. It is a systemic technique and emphasises presenting information in different layers going from an overview to very detailed information. The technique...

Reinventing the wheel

Reinventing the wheel

Sometimes, people ask me what differentiates SOD and gigamapping from other approaches and techniques such as service design, mind-mapping and rich picture in soft systems methodology. For each of those similar approaches and techniques, there are specific answers....

Gigamapping Discussion

Gigamapping Discussion

Are there also ideas embedded in this complex visual structure that may be discovered after the map is complete or while it’s being built? Here is an email exchange between George Shewchuk, a student at OCADU Toronto and me. The students at OCADU are often very...

What is Gigamapping?

What is Gigamapping?

Gigamapping is super extensive mapping across many sections, layers and scales with the goal of investigating relations between seemingly separate things, categories, and silos.Gigamapping is a design tool, however, anybody can gigamap. It has a very low initial...

Gigamap Samples

Gigamap Samples

By Birger Sevaldson Here are some samples of gigamaps. Clicking the pictures below will open up very large size maps. Remember to click the maps to zoom in. To zoom in and out, use ctrl & + or ctrl & - or ctrl + mouse wheel. A collection of exemplars This is a...

Gigamaps are designed artifacts

Gigamaps are designed artifacts

What does it mean to approach the complexity of the world as a designer? How do we work with rich information in a designerly way? The gigamap is a designed artefact. It is not meant to be an accurate record of complex systems “out there”. When working with...

Why gigamaps are fuzzy

Why gigamaps are fuzzy

Most of infographics have an intention to sort, frame, tame and simplify information so as to make it accessible for anybody. Evaluating gigamapping as we practice it according to these criteria misses the point.

Gigamapping Gallery

Gigamapping Gallery

Gigamaps are process-visualizations, not to be compared with information visualization that is for communication Design and design engineering students make the maps shown here. They are from AHO and HIALS NTNU, HIOA, by advanced students from Estonia Technical...