Urban social navigation (a.k.a. footprints)


An urban environment

Design concept

Overlaying a suitably abstracted rendering of people’s traces gives a sense of where the action is. Data from your friends yields a socially grounded heat map, whereas a broad data collection provides more of a general overview.

Experiential qualities and related concepts

Calm, collaborative, embodiment, fluency, hybrid, locative serendipity, overview, sociality, visibility.

Augmentation modality


Technical options

Location tracking for data collection, by GPS or video analysis.
AR HMD or mobile phone for presentation.

Prototyping techniques

AR HMD or mobile phone with simulated data.
Photo or video scenario.


Student work from MSc Interaction Design, Malmö University, ca 2008.