The geography of online

"The internet is vast. Bigger than a city, bigger than a country, maybe as big as the universe. It's expanding by the second. No one has seen its borders. And the internet is intangible, like spirits and angels. The web is an immense ghost land of disembodied places. Who knows if you are even there, there.

Yet everyday we navigate through this ethereal realm for hours on end and return alive. We must have some map in our head.

I've become very curious about the maps people have in their minds when they enter the internet. So I've been asking people to draw me a map of the internet as they see it. That's all. More than 50 people of all ages and levels of expertise have mapped their geography of online."



See them all here

Download a blank pdf and submit your own map.


We all use processes all of the time. To prove this we were asked to map out a process from our personal life. Map it out in such a way that it would enable someone else to carry out the process sufficiently. Following a process is an integral part of how many companies work - all designers have their own 'design process'.

I discovered that the 'process of describing' is a very important part of communication. Although, there are certain things you can only learn by doing : like tying your shoe laces and driving.

So using the langauge that we have been learning about strategy and mindfulness etc. I mapped out my process of making breakfast.

  • Key decision making: toast, cereal, strawberries
  • Analyse emotional well being: level of tiredness and sensitivity
  • Functionality: temperature outside
  • Time is the key factor

So how would I make this process better? Add diversity

The processes described throughout the class were all similar...proving we all go through the same processes every day. Where the process idea really gets interesting is when thinking about the Design Process..

Journey from Osdorp

Workers of the Ports who live in Osdorp have to travel to Sloterdijk station to reach the Westpoort Bus. I went on this journey today to experience it for myself. The aim of this is to help me understand the emotions of the journey, as well as how easy/difficult it is. Paying particular attention to signage and the time of journeys. This map clearly shows the distance from the centre of Osdorp plein to the bus stop Ruimzicht ( about 2 minute walk) From this stop, Bus 19 goes to Sloterdijk roughly every 15 minutes. An easy journey!

This website shows a recent campaign involving the Ports. Although the site is all in Dutch, the people featured in the campaign are famous Dutch people who have been covered in tattoos, to represent the industrial, toughness of the Ports;"a romantic view of the ports"...aimed at people like me and you. I saw a billboard featuring one of the actresses, in Osdorp today.

The number 19 stopped at many bus stops around Osdorp and runs very regularly.

How familiar are the stakeholder groups with a Strippen Kaart?