FOSS4G-Asia 2023 Seoul

Designing maps interface and crafting elements in modern map applications
11-29, 16:20–16:40 (Asia/Seoul), Taepyeong Hall

Currently, map application development has been undergoing continuous transformation due to advancements in technology and evolving user needs. This evolution has led to a diverse range of functionalities and an increased variety of visual representations. Furthermore, modern technology like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have been harnessed to enhance user experiences. Moreover, present-day map applications are tailored to function across a broad spectrum of devices, including Desktops, Mobiles devices, Tablets, Watches etc. So the display on the screen must be designed to be suitable for use in each device as well.

Designing User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) in map application is a crucial aspect that impacts the user's interaction. This makes map data available and complicated to be displayed in a simple, clear, efficient and respond to user needs. Get along with the times and changes in technology. Map Interface design is a map display design. Consists of various important elements, including Layout, Basemap, Symbology Icon, Legend, Map detail display, Search box, Map view, Map display changes, connection to other applications etc. Apart from ensuring user-friendly map display, aesthetics are also essential, creating a map-related work that is modern and aligned with the current trends.

Currently, the development of Map Applications in Thailand emphasizes the significance of designing User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI). In the past, certain organizations used to create maps solely focusing on functionality. However, when the principles of UX/UI are adapted and applied to map-related tasks, it leads to improved presentation on platforms or map applications. This includes enhanced interaction with users, aesthetics, and contemporary design that caters to a diverse range of devices. For instance, various projects undertaken by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) – GISTDA in Thailand, such as the Disaster Management Platform, Satellite, Spatial Data Service, Agriculture Platform, and Digital Data Service Platform, embrace these principles. As a result, UX/UI Designers have begun developing Design Guidance as a framework for crafting user-friendly, efficient, and user-responsive map applications. These efforts aim to create exceptional user experiences and aesthetics in accordance with the ever-evolving of the maps and technology trends.

In session, we will present a Map Interface that applies the principles of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI). This interface will be standardized and visually appealing, suitable for the modern mapping, so that developers can use it as a guide to create Map Applications.

I'm UX/UI Designer from I-bitz company limited, responsible for designing user experience and user interface for map application.

I'm junior ux/ui designer work with geomatics tech company at i-Bitz Co., Ltd Bangkok, Thailand

Hi! I'm UX/UI Designer at i-bitz company limited.