Bespoke map customization behavior and its implications for the design of multimedia cartographic tools

Anke M. Brock, Brent Hecht, Beat Signer, Johannes Schöning

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While popular digital maps support an unprecedented number of use cases, new reference map customization tools have been created for purposes for which those maps fall short. With the goal of informing the design of this new class of cartographic tools, we present the first study of naturalistic (“bespoke”) map customization behavior. Through a mixed methods and mixed-media approach involving a survey, the analysis of a corpus of customized maps, and an interview with a power user, we find that bespoke map customization is a relatively common activity and identify frequent use cases as well as map customization strategies. We discuss these use cases and strategies in detail, and propose design implications for future customization tools, such as the use of templates for common use cases, adaptability for various customization styles and the support of multimedia interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMUM 2017 - 16th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, Proceedings
EditorsJulie Williamson, Stefan Schneegass
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450353786
StatePublished - Nov 26 2017
Event16th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2017 - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: Nov 26 2017Nov 29 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other16th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2017


  • Cartography
  • Design implications
  • Digital maps
  • Geographic HCI (GeoHCI)
  • Multimedia
  • Paper maps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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