Ipasia, one more from the “Cities and Signs” theme, is a city place where things are found in the exact opposite place where they should be.
As well as in “Eutropia”, the idea was to express a concept using a visualization. One of my main inspirations for both works was Jaime Serra’s work for La Vanguardia. Serra uses infographics to tell a wide range of stories in an experimental way.
My goal for this one was to use interaction to tell the story, instead. The city concept was simple and straight, great for an interactive version. I thought of a map with upside down controls: zoom out enlarges the view, left leads to right and so on.
Since the new Google Maps version doesn’t have left/right buttons, I tried to make that with the dragging-only as well.
Adding the zoom buttons was not a big deal. Except for technical problems: ProcessingJS doesn’t seem able to read an image size. After some time trying to figure out a solution, I found out that svg shapes work fine.
However, it is not working on OpenProcessing version.
Probably the website prevents scripts from closing the window.
P.S.: yes it is a China map downloaded from Wikimedia Commons. It’s not an accurate representation of the Mongol Empire and the divisions don’t make sense for this case, but that doesn’t matter for what I needed in this project.
I probably wouldn’t change anything if I had time, but add more inverted functions — typing backwards, for example.