Orienting Yourself

Browse Geographies
Orienting Yourself

Browse Geographies

What Problem Does This Solve? Users don’t know or cannot recall the name or location of a geographic boundary and need help to discover or find places based on a hierarchical structure. When to Use This Pattern Browsing is an exploratory, information seeking strategy that is especially appropriate for new or unknown domains. Providing a […]

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Focal Point
Orienting Yourself

Focal Point

What Problem Does This Solve? Assist the user to find the needle in the haystack of data and communicate the center of interest or activity of a task. When to Use This Pattern Use to answer a particular question or focus the user on an area on the map that is relevant to the task. What’s the […]

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Overview Map
Orienting Yourself

Overview Map

What Problem Does This Solve? The overview map serve as a “You are here” sign so that the user can tell at a glance where they are in the context of the whole data set by looking for the viewport on the overview. When to Use This Pattern Overview maps are useful when users navigate […]

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Unified Search
Orienting Yourself

Unified Search

What Problem Does This Solve? User expects to receive the correct results regardless of what they type and search for. When to Use This Pattern As data (e.g. weather information, social feeds, deals, coupons, etc.) becomes more distributed across providers and services a user should be able to enter a keyword or phrase without having […]

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Location Finder
Orienting Yourself

Location Finder

What Problem Does This Solve? User wants to find the geographic location from other geographic data, such as street addresses, points of interest or postal codes. When to Use This Pattern Use the location finder to provide a means to zoom to a point or area of interest that matters to the user of the […]

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Locate Me
Orienting Yourself

Locate Me

What Problem Does This Solve? User needs to quickly find her current location on the map. When to Use This Pattern Use to identify and locate the real-world geographic location of a person’s device without the need of complicated data input or map navigation. This functionality is most commonly provided on mobile devices that run […]

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