Tale of two city maps

While wandering around London, where I’m attending CS Forum 11, I’ve got lost a couple times. So I’ve found myself consulting map signs on the sidewalk.

Here are close-ups of two that I used. They are very similar, but one was instantly more helpful than the other. Can you guess which one and why?


For me the second one is the winner, thanks to the line directly perpendicular to the “you are here” arrow.

That little line represents the street sign I was looking at, so I instantly knew which way I was facing. That information combined with my knowledge of where I wanted to go helped me get there faster.

Good navigation not only tells you where you are, but also give you orientation — it accounts for your context.


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