Humans have created various sets of instruments to help them find their way around the landscape: maps, signage, satellite navigation, etc. Maps are abstracted projections of the real world's spatial arrangement, and whether intentional or incidental, they are loose artefacts of reality. For instance the geographical structure of transportation networks are often reshaped to provide users with more understandable transit maps. These distortions have a major influence on people's perception of a city's geography, to the point they get stored mentally and become the collective representation of the real world's geography. Metrography explores this phenomenon for the most famous of the transit maps: the London Underground.
Benedikt Groß (German, born 1980) and Bertrand Clerc (French, born 1981) are both currently studying Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Their first collaborative project together, Metrography showcases both their skills and interests, producing a complex yet accessible work that critically investigates the implications of technology.
Benedikt is a speculative and interaction designer working across disciplines. He is fascinated by the relationships between people, their data and environments. This study has led to his belief that design, driven by an understanding of those relationships, can improve people’s lives. He is co-author of Generative Gestaltung which is one of the standard books for computational design and information visualization in German-language with translations to English and French.
Bertrand is a multidisciplinary designer based in London, UK. He is interested in ideological differentials, cultural negatives, the spaces between fiction, history, hyperreality, and the depiction of their prospective implications for the real. In parallel, Bertrand also works a design consultant to help companies create compelling products and experiences for the global market.