Saturday, August 6, 2016

What's AIM?

AIM (Accessible Information Mapping) stems from the project Inclusive Maps. Ute Benz and Sylvia Kautz were co-authors under the supervision of Prof Boris Müller from the design department of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Inclusive Maps provides a conceptual framework for designers, developers and social scientists that want to create maps for different groups of people, especially for persons with impairments. With AIM we take one important part from this recent project and dig deeper into user centered research to figure out and determine how different impairments can benefit from alternative map visualizations.

The overall goal of this project is to show the world two things; A map can improve the lives of many people by providing sophisticated data that can be consumed in a easy and efficient way. In addition to that, we believe, that not only people with impairments can benefit from this. Seeing on what data and visualizations certain groups of people rely may makes architects and urban planners more empathic when it comes to building spaces for humans.