Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen

Google Maps Pin

2005
On view
Design Firm
for Google Inc.
Medium
Digital image file
Credit
Gift of Google Inc.
Object number
1182.2013
Copyright
© 2005 Google Inc.
Department
Architecture and Design

Google Maps is a popular Internet-based mapping program that offers not only street maps but also photographic views of city streets; directions for walking, driving, and hiking; routing options via public transportation; and business locations. It also powers many applications and services offered by third parties. The unique upside-down teardrop design of the Google Maps Pin was created to be both recognizable and functional, precisely indicating a location without obscuring the area nearby. This ubiquitous digital icon bleeds into real life in the work of artists such as Aram Bartholl, who creates physical Google Maps Pins to mark sites in the material world.

Gallery label from This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016

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