Mapping The Sun | Emily Chivers
Mapping The Sun | Emily Chivers

EMILY CHIVERS

Type, branding, and communications obsessed graphic designer currently based in Southsea. Intensely curious about the world, and love learning about new cultures, unusual ideas, and interesting places. 

 

Owner of an extremely sleepy dog: a frisbee obsessed whippet named Alfie. Will be found cooking curries and pasta at least 5 nights a week. Looking forward to a dance on a Friday night again like in the “before times”.

Mapping The Sun | Emily Chivers
Mapping The Sun | Emily Chivers
Mapping The Sun | Emily Chivers
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Mapping the Sun

This paper map, designed to be taken outside on sunny days, celebrates our relationship with the sun and the nature around us. By using biophilic principles, the map intends to connect us with the sun, enhancing our experience of natural, full-spectrum light instead of blue light emitted by screens. 

 

The modern world means many of us are often indoors, surrounded by artificial light. This abundance of blue light has been proven to disrupt our sleep patterns and cause mental health issues such as depression. Instead of using the sun to plan out our days, much like our ancestors, we can continue working later, assisted by artificial lighting, with clocks and calendars marking time for us. 

 

Mapping the Sun is a nod to ancient stone circles and Ordnance Survey Maps. It can be unfolded anywhere on a sunny day and used to track the sun across the sky. An analemmatic sundial means the times can be told using the sun with just the use of a straight stick found in nature, as well as a way of finding true north. Having an understanding of the four main solar events of the year helps us pass and mark the time using the same rhythm of the earth, helping the user feel more connected to nature, even in urban environments. 

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