There are several ways to bridge the gap between online communities and real-world communities. Loci House can help build networking groups that can be built both on and offline. However, if you own a business that is looking for a unique advertising approach and can benefit from a visual marketing campaign, a dynamic map might be a good choice. Online maps can have have several applications, including:
Anywhere that has a spatial layout with different information
The Loci House team can not only design your map, but also develop an online version that let's visitors get a virtual tour of your locations from anywhere. However, we go beyond just arranging your locations in one spot, we make those locations dynamic.
What is a dynamic map?
A dynamic map allows you to view an area in ways that can be customized by the users. In other words, unlike a regular printed map, dynamic maps will let users interact with them so they can get better context for the information they really want to know. Users can have the ability to search across maps for specific keywords and see the location of their results highlighted. They can filter a collection of shops by specific categories and show only those related to what they're looking for. Or, a dynamic map can show a collection of stores that will let the user get information about that store just by hovering over it and that information can be dynamically updated by the individual store owner!
There are several options for designing the look and feel of a map as well as giving it dynamic life. See some options in the tabs to the right, or contact us to find out more about how we can help you strengthen the link between your online site and it's real-world counterpart.
With Flash and Dynamic HTML, Loci House can create an online map that is unique, good looking, easy-to-maintain, and interactive.
Interactive maps mean that we'll create a map for you that can be controlled easily on the backend to provide users with an intuitive front-end interface that will help them quickly connect with the information they're looking for. That includes:
Ability to zoom in and out to any level
Add moving elements to replace static text
Hover-over effects to provide information at a glance
Ability to easily update the text that appears in an info bubble through an XML file
Highlight special feature locations
Provide functionality to the map that lets you sort items by genre
Build a map app that’s easily rendered on a mobile phone
Through Flash and Dynamic HTML, we have a level of control beyond ordinary map software and google map integration. We can not only design with pixel-perfect accuracy the look and feel of the map itself, but we also have 100% control over the functionality built in to the map itself.
Best yet, once we are finished creating the interactive map, we will be able to turn the source code entirely over to you so you can be assured it will stay online as long as your website does and if any of the maps need tweaking in the future, you have the material to get it done on your own time instead of relying on a third party.
With google map integration, you can leverage the power of google maps with your own company. Whether you run a single business or work in collaboration with others, through google maps customization, you can have the ability to make your location stand apart online.
Custom markers (make your own icon to point to your business)
Categories that can be turned on and off (e.g. different types of stores)
Satellelite, terrain and google earth integration
Contact us to find out how we can help you integrate your business with google maps.
3D design has a wide application both in and outside of creating detailed and good-looking maps. Through 3D modeling tools, you can:
convert blueprints into realistic renderings of buildings and locations
digitally preserve historic buildings
see structures through assorted angles and lighting
convert existing locations into 3D and share them through Google Earth
Loci House can apply the power of 3D modeling to your map in several ways. We will be able to transform a traditional top-down view into a more aesthetic 3-dimensional view that will be sure to provide an extra wow factor to those viewing it. Also, we can integrate 3D models not only into the design of your map, but also into its functionality. In other words, by making your map 3-dimensional, we can literally make it easier for would-be customers to find your business.
How do we do that?
The Google Earth team allows users to submit their renderings to an ever-growing library of 3d objects. However, it also allows you to build real-life 3d locations that will appear at the correct coordinates on google's maps. For instance, a shop-owner could use Loci House to design their shop and submit it to google. Once it's approved, the shop will not take on a 3d representation for anyone that is looking for it through Google Earth. Through Google Sketchup, Loci House can create your 3D objects and submit them to Google Earth.
modeled in Google Sketchup
Through shared work with Google, your business has the opportunity to quite literally stand out from the competition.
Maps for Print
Loci House works with a variety of printers and partners who specialize in high-quality color print. We can adapt any map into a print-friendly version that reflects the digital version.
Once we create a map, we will save the source files used to create it and share a copy with you upon request. That way, if an item on the map changes, we can quickly edit the source and reprint so the change gets reflected on every version of the map at the same time.