I wanted to share this Ted Talk because I found it interesting that Daniel Quercia and his collaborators created an app for "happy maps" of London "that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way." Check it out it is only a little over 7 minutes long. Instead of showing only the shortest and most efficient route, his group plotted alternate paths: a happy path, a beautiful path, and a quiet path.
Here is an article about the work Quercia and others are doing: Happy Maps. There are actually several interesting articles about Quercia's work, but this one caught my attention because of the first paragraph:
"When I was a kid, I loved to draw (fake) maps. I spent hours making up own country, usually going by the name of Jasperland. I’d draw cities, rivers, mountains, and desserts. I imagined coastlines and fields of far-away places. And beyond that, I could spend hours going through the atlas or starting at the map of Europe on my wall." (source)I did this, too! I designed maps and houses when I was a kid, content for long lengths of time as I worked on them. My homes (about as far as you could get from reality) all contained a huge library with dark paneling and a fireplace and a dance studio with mirrors and bars because I was going to be either an archaeologist or a dancer.
My maps were usually concerned with some kind of adventure from a fiction book I'd read or from a nonfiction book about ancient Rome or an Egyptian archaeological find. (When I was in the fourth grade, my father put his foot down, I couldn't check out any more Nancy Drew if I didn't bring home something nonfiction.) Thank you, Dad!
And I still love maps both real and fictional--and adore finding them in books. Hogwarts, Narnia, Middle Earth, the Hundred Acre Wood. Deborah Crombie's police procedurals always include maps in the frontispiece that keep me entranced.
Did you do this? Create maps made up of your own unique details and preferences? What were your imaginary creations? And do you sometimes choose to travel a route because it is more beautiful or interesting, rather than faster?