Walking with a smart-phone: pedestrian wayfinding and screen gestures

Speaker: Dr Eric Laurier # Geography and the Lived Environment, University of Edinburgh

17th Nov 2014

15:30 - 17:00

Conference Room, David Hume Tower

Maps apps on mobile devices are gradually supplanting paper maps and they bring with them new resources for pedestrians such as text search, 'you are here' dots, placemarks and suggested routes. Drawing on video recordings of smartphone users and screen capture from the phones I will investigate how these new resources are drawn upon and made sense of for, and through, the embodied practices of walking in the city. Revisiting Lucy Suchman's work on plans and situate actions I will look at how map apps occasion a map for the task at hand. Equally I am to touch upon how touchscreens allow for the gestural configuration of the map.