In the last part of this lengthy treatise of communicative imagery, I’d like to share some maps from DrawSomething with you. (I might get more of those drawings than usual, since the people I play with know I collect them for my work, but they are amazing regardless of the reason they come my way.)
There is a fair bit of pandering in this game, of course, just like in Apples to Apples:
But there are other interesting instances of using flags and symbols to specify the country being depicted:
Or, you know, Swedish fish can be totally illuminating:
There’s also good old xenophobia to communicate a point:
Shared local landmarks can be extra helpful in this guessing game:
Likewise, global icons offer a convenient shorthand for some locales:
Broader context cues can be helpful, too:
In addition to providing an amusing (if time consuming!) diversion from my dissertation, DrawSomething clearly demonstrates several questions that I am quite interested in: when do you know what something is? What’s the moment where you can differentiate Orlando from Norway? What symbols and context cues convey this information? How do communicative practices vary between individuals and groups?
My students love to give me answers to all of these! :-)
Hope this sampling of maps gave you some laughs, and made you think about how you communicate with others. Feel free to communicate some more in the comments.