Maps and Mapping

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Where/Abouts, Else-Where Mapping, Janet Abrams, Peter Hall

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In Envisioning Information Edward Tufte describes micro/macro narratives. These narratives are actually small, detailed stories that make up larger coherent stories. “Simplicity of reading,” he writes, “derives from the context of detailed and complex information, properly arranged.” He goes on to describe the rich interface to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington that is largely dependent on the chronological rather than the alphabetic listing of the names of 58, 000 dead soldiers. Jan Scruggs and Joel Swerdlow write in To Heal a Nation, that “chronological listing was essential to designer Maya Lin’s vision for the memorial. War veterans would find their story told, and their friends remembered, in the panel that corresponded to their tour of duty…. Locating names would be like finding bodies on a battlefield.” And when names are found, after walking downward into the memorial’s slight grade, visitors see their own living reflections and the names of the soldiers in the etched polished black granite.