Author: Leah Heilig

PhD student in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. Interested in accessible design, data visualization/analytics, visual rhetoric, feminism, and community writing.

Wearable and carryable technologies have made a significant impact on how daily environments are navigated. As interactive maps are more commonly used and hosted on smartphones, the connections between users, technologies, and communities become more available and transparent. With more products being developed for customizable wayfinding experiences, investigating how the interaction between environment and user is being filtered and communicated through these technologies becomes increasingly important. One such method of investigation is considering mapping technologies as designs that are not only rhetorically informed, but also designs responsible or reflective of the wayfinding techniques for their users. By “de-naturalizing” (Barton & Barton,…

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