I’m wondering if I’m the only person that does this. When looking at a city map or any network map, I like to look at it sideways or upside down. Our eyes are designed to see things horizontally, but we’re not that good at seeing things vertically (probably why we like wide-screen TVs). So when we scan a map, we look left and right, more so than up and down.
We’re so conditioned to look at maps with north at the top, that I think we miss a lot of connections or don’t see gaps in those connections. I find that by turn the map sideways, I get a completely different appreciation for the city and instantly new connections or gaps in connections in the network stand out. That area of the city that looked insignificant when looking at the map with north at the top, suddenly takes on a new more important role in the visual view of the city.
I think we should encourage people using maps to make decisions to turn the maps around, post them upside down or sideways in a meeting, change the view in Google Earth (and I wish we could do that in Google Maps too), rotate the map PDF you were sent, and see the network from a completely different perspective.