Personal World Map

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Personal World Map
Creator Roxana Torre,
Year 2005

In this project, cartographic methods are modified to make new maps replacing geographic distance with realtime airline flight times and ticket prices.

The main purpose of the Personal World Map is to give awareness of the user’s actual position in the world in relation to other places by taking into account the “effort” needed to get to a certain destination. Because the Personal World Map is based on flight data, this effort is defined not only by time (travel time) but also by money (ticket fares). In order to visualize such “effort”, the world map is immersed in travel time space and money space. ‘Travel time distances’ and ‘travel costs distances’ define spaces differently than geographical space. These spaces are constantly changing and constitute geometries that follow different rules than Euclidean geometries.