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Spell it out to the user. You don't want to leave them guessing so I would recommend you add a simple addition to your UI. Note the change of language in the search box. By saying choose location you are more or less saying "do it here", whereby now it is clear it is just one of two options.


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People who turn on the TV on election night expect to see the map of their country and see which states voted which way. Those who actually follow the elections and have at least some very basic knowledge of what's going on, also know which are the important states to watch, and they can find them easily on the geographic map. Even those who aren't that ...


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Just to think outside the box I've decided to paste a radical suggestion to this, as I have called it "map-tap" problem :) Imagine if a low opacity touch gesture image appeared over the map either for a few seconds and then disappear or it would stay there, lingering like a ghost, hinting to the user what to do. When a user taps the map it would disappear. ...


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Interesting graphic - the US looks quite funny. But I think a geographic representation is still best way because of: The viewer is interested in what state has elected and which party. This is best shown in a geographical correct map as you are used to know where a state is situated. It is obvious, that the USA is shown. No need for explaining a strange ...


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The point is that the map is intended as an at-a-glance throwaway space filler that does it's job simply and efficiently and for all viewers. Of course, that's not to say there's no place for maps with more information, but there's no point in doing that unless you can provide a way for the user to interact with the map in a meaningful manner that allows ...


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You could de-emphasize the search field, e.g. by not showing it by default. Just say "Choose a location" in the head of the screen, and have a magnifying glass button that pops up the search field for people who want to enter an address. Something like this: Even if you don't go with this approach, you might want to adjust your text sizes and wording. ...


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Have you considered moving the map, rather than moving the "pin"? Scrolling a map is a common action in most map applications, if you keep the reticule static and move the map underneath it, the user can target their desired position. The text in the box should update as the user scrolls. This might allow you to get away with no additional help messaging. ...


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Since users are likely to see the entry form first, how about using the placeholder text for this? "Enter location or just pick from map ..."


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The fact is, it doesn't matter what you think. You shouldn't disable scroll wheel zoom just because it's better for you because you are not your typical user. For those using Google Maps embedded into your page, users are going to have have some pre-conceived expectations of how it should behave - i.e. they expect it to behave like Google Maps in its normal ...


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You are probably asking this because your into implementing it as a developer. The API of the most used map, Google Maps, call these needles for "markers". I'd guess this is the most technically correct word to use. Reference: Google Maps API Markers However I guess your target audience isn't developers and in there daily life call the needles "Pins". And ...


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The best map I have seen is by Chris Howard. It combines population density and partisan lean using color:


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I recently worked on an app that had a feature that allowed the user to search or browse for clinics nearby. One thing I got from the tests is that the map view works great mainly for visually displaying (quickly) what is nearby the user. They can process that much faster via the map/pin UI. However, if the user is looking for more information or browsing, ...


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If these things are strongly correlated in users' minds to geographic locations, then I would certainly try to work "location" or "point" into the name. If these are reports of incidents or conditions, and only weakly correlated to geography, you might call them "issues", "reports", "incidents", etc. All the examples you gave seem to fall more into the ...


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You have to chose between two User Experience options: speed vs. feature. As it happens I'm in the current situation as well at work. We have a landing page with a lot of features, making it extremely heavy to load, and in production the infrastructure could be better. So what do we do? Use cache as far as we can take it, reducing loading time - because the ...


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There's quite a bit of research on cartography on the web, but most of it is not recent. The Commission on Maps and The Internet has published two books on the topic. While I haven't used the material personally, it might be of some use to you.


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Default Location: The app can ask the user to narrow down a default location, or this could perhaps be queried from the device being used. For example, in the absence of GPS or GEO IP I may have previously specified that I am in "Seattle, WA", or just "Washington", but maybe just "United States". This would allow you to zoom in onto a specific location. ...


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You can restrict the map in a tricky way. When user goes out of the target area, the map shows in some way it's no more useful for them. This could be fading out effect, blurring and desatiration, etc., see the picture below: Another option is to create tension while dragging out of the target area. Compare this to the last slide signifier in the sliding ...


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Instead of a circle, how about highlighting the neighbourhood or the post office for a given zip code area. Another alternative (depending on the context), the (main) train station for the area. Clustered items can be presented by a “mulitple items version” of the default marker icon and all sub-elements listed in a bubble or somewhere outside the map.


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For a number of reasons outlined by Brad Frost here I would vote for 'static, and clickable' to launch the default map app on the mobile device. Edit to provide more detail: Brad Frost proposes conditional loading to serve up the best map in the right context. Embed the map if the screensize is appropriate, otherwise serve up a static image which links to ...


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There is a half way house between the plain geographic map that lead's republicans to think they won (or should have won) because more of the map is red and the continuous cartogram featured in the question. This is the discontinuous cartogram where the sizes of the states is modified to represent the population (or number of electoral college votes, etc). ...


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Drag-n-drop is traditionally done with left-click. However, for you, mousedown, move, mouseup is for dragging (these are the elementary events) Usually, click is to select a place. On Google Maps, if you click on a label, an icon or a result balloon, it select its corresponding place. On Nokia Maps, if you click on an icon or a result balloon, it selects ...


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Make each vertex selectable and have a Delete menu item, perhaps along with the delete key as an accelerator. If you need to distinguish selecting a vertex from selecting the whole polygon, then either have a separate visible "handle" for selecting the whole polygon or have a separate tool for polygon and vertex actions. The selection-menu syntax allows ...


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I'd seriously question whether you need a precise location or not. Knowing that someone was born in say "Paris, France" would most likely be enough for almost any use. In addition most people don't know exactly where they were born, but do know the town / city level. If town / city is enough detail for you, then simply ask for the country they were born ...


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I'd question the use of using the right-click for actually adding content. If you look at most vector based drawing tools, the left click is always the primary action, right click being the secondary and/or contextual menu. In this case, I'd say left click should add a new vertices, unless you are already clicking on an existing node, in which case it will ...


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I find most map implementations where this is included inherently bad, and (having worked with Google Maps for five years or so) generally I regret that Google Maps introduced it. The problem is not so much that the mousewheel controls zoom, but that it can get in the way. If you scroll down a page in such a way that a map turns up under the cursor, not ...


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In general my opinion is to not break the current pattern unless necessary. Consistency is always key. Therefore I think that if you're overriding the default scroll behavior of just panning up and down that there should be some serious thought behind it and usability testing to back it up. My thoughts would be if you're panning content in some direction ...


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I think the main problem with the current design is the visual separation between the textual search option and the geolocation option. You are giving the user a choice between these two search methods but not presenting them together in the same place. The text search option is displayed prominently at the top and is easy to recognise but the geolocation ...


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The obvious answer is to render the elephants standing on the turtle's back, but there are other options. Having the map snap back to fit to the edge on zoom out could be confusing, as the user will expect the zoom at the edge to behave in the same way as zoom in the middle. You could however make the map slowly drift back to fill the empty space. A ...


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Googles implementation is nice - the icons are actually a see through window of what will happen when pressed. The satellite image in the Earth box shows the actual satellite image of that square. When clicking Earth, the icon turns into a Map icon, showing the map in that square. http://www.fastcodesign.com/3027177/behind-google-maps-new-design Further ...


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Before we can come up with sensible UI. We need to examine the 3 use cases. Are they truly 3 completely independent use cases, or 3 "subtype" of the same use case: "Show me the shortest route to X"? The first 2 cases are easier to understand. From my current location (I'm assuming the system already knows where I am) goto the closest X. Where X can be a ...



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