This could be a potential shift in my thesis topic? It just defines wayfinding as the design medium between movement, action and knowledge. An investigation into wayfinding is very interesting. It is a design territory which controls a great deal of how we interact with the world.
*My thesis investigates the "leavers" humans use to create different way of moving. Systems like, wayfinding, data collection and mapping are all aspects of motion and can help frame humanities existence.
We where asked to make two possibles futures 60 years from today.
We survived on the graces of good luck. 10 years ago today our world was turned upside down. Our cities where destroyed and food supply dwindled until it was non-existent. Our live went from dependent on other to dependent on ourselves. And although we are an unfamiliar world to the one we used to know we continue to consider ourselves capable. As food channels become harder to find, we are constantly migrating in search for fresh water, green grass and things to eat. Our world has become a place of constant moment. We can't stay somewhere very long. We must move to survive. Humanity runs in small (wolf like) packs all over the world. We get along with some and less with others, but we all have common goal; Food. Our lives are hard and because we must move all the time, we also much know where we are going. We rely on ancient forms of technology like compasses, the stars, but we also rely on communities laying out pathways for fertile places and channels of food.
We’ve come up with different ways of communication and markers for migration / food channels. These markers are hand carved with insignia and way-finding symbolism. Each pack has their own story, connection to parts of the world and we all look to use these markers as a way to communicate. These markers are different sizes and colors, they are usually made from local wood or scraps, but all each pack tries to keep a constant visual value, so it will be easily recognized.
We have built this system because, as humans, we know how important way-finding is. In fact we consider it a transition between humanities success or death. So we work together to make theses migration patterns work. We can’t sit still any longer, we have to keep moving, finding food and learning from the land. We can’t rely on our cities any longer. It is necessary to advance this way finding system to coordinate patterns and travel times. These stakes can be a multi-valve tool or a way to find North. It is essential we make these stakes and utilize them to humanities advantage.
In 60 years we will no longer need a map or directions. We will have implants in our bodies which give us the six-sense of direction. We developed the need from every asshole in the world asking for directions! The need for this action is not eradicated. Now we just know where we are going. However, the effects of getting lost are gone. Happy findings are never more. We know what is around the corner, how to get there and what traffic is like.
What does that mean? Navigation bliss! Road trips are now a breeze! Asking the wrong person and getting lost is completely gone. Starring at a screen while driving or maybe in 60 years — flying is heavily reduced. People have been long programmable. In the 1900 we found tribes living in the Polynesian Islands and in New Zealand that could always tell you which way north way. Even when they were placed in a pitch black room 30 ft underground. This remarkable sense was adapted first to American’s who where used as ginny pigs and second to anyone who wanted to try it. In 2035 it was mandated that everyone must have this sense. It makes the world go around much smoother. The lack of “transition” is filled now with knowledge. Everyone can be happy knowing where they are going and what is ahead of them.
Now that this has been implemented, people are much happier. They have gain IQ and navigation intelligence. People make smarter decisions because they know where they are going. This action is saving thousands of lives every year.