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Punkt Kartserie is an interactive concept based on the idea of combining analogue hiking maps with digital real-time information. The goal was to simplify the process of planning a trip to the mountains – but also to explore new technology and possibilities for future interactive products.

Bachelor's thesis
Dicipline: Digital concept
Date: January-June 2016

Format: 210x270mm
Paper: Munken Lynx 130 g/m2
Pages: 176

The process of planning a trip to the mountains can easily become quite complex. You would have to check the weather forecast at one site, read route descriptions on another, check the snow and avalanche conditions on a third – and lastly sit down with your paper map to get to know the terrain and plan your route. Punkt Kartserie combines all these things on the same surface consisting of the paper map, and an iPad. By combining magnetic sensors in modern tablets with small magnets in each corner of the paper map, the tablet can register its position relative to the map. You can then physically slide the device around the map to get information about the area on which it is located. This way you get all the information needed – weather forecast, avalanche data, route descriptions and different overlays like satellite photos and snow depth – right on the same surface as the paper map. In addition to the digital concept and app design, I’ve also designed the map series itself, and a visual identity to bring everything together. The maps features 6 different mountain areas in Norway. The visual identity is based on a frame that moves around a single point – just like the tablet is moving across different points on the map.

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In addition to the digital concept and app design, I’ve also designed the map series itself, and a visual identity to bring everything together. The maps features 6 different mountain areas in Norway. The visual identity is based on a frame that moves around a single point – just like the tablet is moving across different points on the map.

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↑ Each map is held nicely together by a slide-of cover.

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↑ Move the magnets around the map to measure distance and elevation.

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