As a person who likes to travel a lot and who primarily gets around in the bus, I started to notice many shortcomings in the way mapping tools and services like Google Maps work and the way ordinary people understand, communicate and locate themselves in the urban space.
Here I present some highlights of the research, reference material, and the creative process to design and code the app concept prototype.
Background and Inspiration
I became interested in researching public transportation, transit information, wayfinding and urban planning sometime around the end of my graduation.
The project started with a literature research on the various methods for understanding and making sense of cities and resulted in the prototyping of a web app for mobile devices.
Ultimately, the inspiration for this project came from the general lack of mass transit information and the fact that. to this day, many people in my hometown Vitória, and in many places in the world, use landmarks as the main part when asking for directions.