A couple of months ago I post-deadline submitted a panel suggestion called "Neocartography: Mapping Design and Usability Evolved" to SXSWi and asked for people to help by voting for it. I was notified very late that room was made and the panel got the green light. We had to tweak the panelists and topic somewhat from the original proposal, and thank you to those that helped promote the idea and make it happen.
The goal of the panel is to explain and explore the next generation of mapping tools combined with traditional cartographic techniques to encompass modern capabilities and user expectations. The official description is:
Designers are dropping maps into their applications with little concern for usability or design and users are underwhelmed by just another map mashup. We need to move beyond the simple pin-dropping and consider appropriate mapping interfaces. This panel will look at the current and emerging tools to provide compelling geographic interaction and visualization.
The goal was to find panel members that represented different aspects of leading thought behind web map design and usability. A cutting edge artist and designer building industry leading interfaces, a usability expert and lead of the industry changing and most broadly used web mapping platform, and a researcher and formal cartographer bringing traditional techniques to the future. This was quite a daunting task, and am fortunate that just a such a representation was possible to bring to SXSWi:
- Mike Migurski, technology lead at Stamen Design
- Elizabeth Windram, User Experience Designer for Maps at Google
- David Heyman, Web Cartographer at AxisMaps and lecturer at University of Wisconsin
Each panelist is an expert in their own right and offers incredible insight, experience and advice. Brought together they can compare ideals, methods, techniques and tools. But with only 60 minutes, what topics to focus on? This is where you can help.
While I have my own ideas of topics to discuss, I would like input from the world on what topics around mapping, cartographic design, and usability are on your minds. Please check out the Google Moderator topic I created. Create new questions or suggestions, vote pertinent ones up and boring ones down. I'll be using this list to formulate the questions or topics the panel will be discussing.
SXSWi is in just under two weeks - so there isn't much time. Get your suggestions in now. In addition to the Google Moderator I'll be using Twitter during the panel to accept additional suggestions or topics. And we'll make sure to record the whole thing to share with everyone afterwards.