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what’s the state of web mapping today?                                     mapbox.com
“web mapping+    applications”
“The essence of simple “is knowing what to leave out”                            techcrunch.com
People can’t find the info they     want on a website     60% of the time                          * usability.gov
Sayto 1000 things.
Does the kitchen sink come with my GIS viewer?
focus, prioritize, streamline
Don’t waste my time
* http://giswebmaps.blogspot.com
10 KNOW YOURAUDIENCE.
YOUR AUDIENCEo    what do they want?o    what do they expect?o    what do you want them to want?
9  MAKEBEAUTIFUL  MAPS
Help focus your story with your map
Don’t distract the user with your map
Use heat maps and clustering to visualize data
8DON’T MAKE ME  THINK.
Help focus your story with your map                                  hmm…
Single topic maps getThe traffic of the traditional         map portal                         * mapbrief.com
7I’VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND  IT DOES NOT INVOLVE TILES.
TILES WORK WELL (but…)
UTF-GRID(workaround…but limited)                           show me
Any chance to render vectors client-side?                                  YES!
“VECTORS ARE THE NEW MAP”
6USE FAMILIARMETAPHORS.
“When virtual objects and actions in an application are  metaphors for objects andactions in the real world, users quickly...
5BUILD FORMOBILE.
desktop vs. mobile use is        blurring
THIS USED TO BE THE WEB
THIS IS THE WEB
Design for mobile first(when possible)Responsive Design(when can’t design for mobile first)
plan for the distracted use case
4DON’T LET TECHNOLOGY DRIVE YOUR DECISIONS.
KEEP YOUR INNER GEO-GEEK IN CHECK            (at least for awhile )
KEEP ASKING…o   does it benefit the user?o   is it necessary for the user?o   is it simple for the user?
REMEMBER…
3THE MAP IS NOT (well not always)THE CENTER OFTHE UNIVERSE.
2 ELIMINATECLUTTER.       (embrace your OCD)
1PRIORITIZE.
80 / 2080% of people use 20% of the       functionality
ITERATESketch → prototype → design → test →discuss until it works.
THANK YOU!             chris.gerecke@timmons.com             804-200-6962
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the U...
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What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the User Experience for Your Geospatial Application

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Are you frustrated with the state of GIS mapping applications in the mainstream today? Had enough of the ubiquitous GIS map viewer template apps? Does your current mapping site need a help manual? Wondering how 200 layers and 20 tools will be used by non-GIS users? Shouldn't your site seamlessly transition to an iPad and other mobile devices?
This webinar will discuss:
• Targeting your audience
• Making beautiful maps
• Simplifying your application
• Reintroducing the Map to the Web - workflow driven vs. map-centric applications
We'll also discuss some insights into the future of GeoWeb:
• A future without tiles - vector mapping
• The concept of Lean user experience (UX)
• Simplifying the user experience with HTML5
• Expecting a tablet friendly web map

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What Would Steve Jobs Think About the State of GIS Mapping Applications in the Mainstream? Top 10 Ways to Streamline the User Experience for Your Geospatial Application

  1. 1. what’s the state of web mapping today? mapbox.com
  2. 2. “web mapping+ applications”
  3. 3. “The essence of simple “is knowing what to leave out” techcrunch.com
  4. 4. People can’t find the info they want on a website 60% of the time * usability.gov
  5. 5. Sayto 1000 things.
  6. 6. Does the kitchen sink come with my GIS viewer?
  7. 7. focus, prioritize, streamline
  8. 8. Don’t waste my time
  9. 9. * http://giswebmaps.blogspot.com
  10. 10. 10 KNOW YOURAUDIENCE.
  11. 11. YOUR AUDIENCEo what do they want?o what do they expect?o what do you want them to want?
  12. 12. 9 MAKEBEAUTIFUL MAPS
  13. 13. Help focus your story with your map
  14. 14. Don’t distract the user with your map
  15. 15. Use heat maps and clustering to visualize data
  16. 16. 8DON’T MAKE ME THINK.
  17. 17. Help focus your story with your map hmm…
  18. 18. Single topic maps getThe traffic of the traditional map portal * mapbrief.com
  19. 19. 7I’VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE TILES.
  20. 20. TILES WORK WELL (but…)
  21. 21. UTF-GRID(workaround…but limited) show me
  22. 22. Any chance to render vectors client-side? YES!
  23. 23. “VECTORS ARE THE NEW MAP”
  24. 24. 6USE FAMILIARMETAPHORS.
  25. 25. “When virtual objects and actions in an application are metaphors for objects andactions in the real world, users quickly grasp how to use the app.”
  26. 26. 5BUILD FORMOBILE.
  27. 27. desktop vs. mobile use is blurring
  28. 28. THIS USED TO BE THE WEB
  29. 29. THIS IS THE WEB
  30. 30. Design for mobile first(when possible)Responsive Design(when can’t design for mobile first)
  31. 31. plan for the distracted use case
  32. 32. 4DON’T LET TECHNOLOGY DRIVE YOUR DECISIONS.
  33. 33. KEEP YOUR INNER GEO-GEEK IN CHECK (at least for awhile )
  34. 34. KEEP ASKING…o does it benefit the user?o is it necessary for the user?o is it simple for the user?
  35. 35. REMEMBER…
  36. 36. 3THE MAP IS NOT (well not always)THE CENTER OFTHE UNIVERSE.
  37. 37. 2 ELIMINATECLUTTER. (embrace your OCD)
  38. 38. 1PRIORITIZE.
  39. 39. 80 / 2080% of people use 20% of the functionality
  40. 40. ITERATESketch → prototype → design → test →discuss until it works.
  41. 41. THANK YOU! chris.gerecke@timmons.com 804-200-6962

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