Understanding Fundamentals


I feel to get to grips with understanding more about the importance of maps, I have to grasp the very fundamentals themselves.
Cartography seems to be part science part art part spacial awareness, conveying topography and landmarks while abstracting the image, removing details that are unnessersary for the user simultaneously highlighting those that are of importance for the user’s guidance.
As was stated in the lecture on Wednesday, maps are used in both making games and in the actual games themselves as a part of the user experience.
Likewise is the real world they have a duel purpose, not only helping to navigate but also as collectors pieces giving a sense of worth to something that is indeed a work of Art.
Status symbol or tool, maps are a huge part of our lives and always will be in some form or another.

After Watching the Video about the Mappa Mundi, and the Video that linked off about the Artist who had created a Map of nowhere, you can see the detail and symbolism that can also be adapted into maps. The Artist’s map seemed to be a map of his very Identity and the many facets of the map where people and places connect to him.

First thing’s First, I needed some comparisons from Gaming and History. This lead me first to think of a game then try to find a map that would be relavent from an appropriate period. First of these was Banner Saga.

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Left: Banner Saga Map

Middle & Right: Scandanavian Maps From 16th Century onwards.

It’s Strange, even though the banner Saga map is incredibly detailed and wonderful in design, with many parts being interactive and the over all design looking how we would imagine a Map from that period. History seems to think otherwise for the Vikings, From what I have been reading it seems Vikings didn’t actually use maps, choosing rather to study what was around them in the world, such as Landmarks or where the sun was a certain parts of the day. These would then be told to other Vikings as a way to guide them to said places.



Both of the Above Sites seem to agree on the fact that Vikings Navigated using Nature itself as a Guide, alongside Rhymes and Songs and Naming Things that stood out. Although this may only be how they navigated at sea, but I can’t find any information on whether they used any maps for land at all.


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