Guest blog by OS Partner Hexagon Geospatial
Maps represent a truly amazing leap forward in how human beings understood the world around them. The first map marked a watershed moment when we moved from indistinct, in-the-moment thinking about things as being “over there” to quantifying and visualising geographic relationships through a completely new lens, to giving spatial information a graphic form.
This form-giving is where human beings truly differentiate themselves. Our senses capture the elements of our environment and we must provide clarity, structure, and ultimately form in order that we may accurately convey that information to others. We are so skilled at identifying patterns that we have invented different ways of looking at data to make those patterns more obvious. Pie charts, bar graphs, histograms—all of these convey meaning through different visualisation principles.