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Hello all!!!

This’s my first posting here :)

May be it would sound like a ‘stupid question’. But still I don’t know the answer ..so I’m asking.

On the site maps (esp the ones you would find at the entrances of huge campuses, museums, zoos etc) there’s mark with a label ‘You are here’. Basically to give the user an idea about to his/her position with respect to the details in the map.

What’s this mark called in cartography jargon?
Is there any standard symbol for it?

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What’s this mark called in cartography jargon?


I don't think there's a standard name for it. Perhaps 'locator'.

Is there any standard symbol for it?


No, although the trend seems to be to use a large dot or arrow in bright colours with the words 'You are here' (or the equivalent in another language).
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hmm, methinks you are correct that there is no 'official' term other than the 'you are here' symbol... I usually make them circular, red with bold white letters when space allows. That assumes I have no buildings that compete visually - but round, red buildings are a bit rare.

For something completely different: There is a You Are Here Journal of Creative Geography:

http://www.u.arizona.edu/~urhere/
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Is the journal connected to the book You Are Here: Personal geographies and other maps of the imagination by Katherine Harmon (NYC: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004)?

It's a collection of fictional/artist maps and a wonderful idea generator.


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What’s this mark called in cartography jargon?
Is there any standard symbol for it?

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Well, I agree there isn't an official name for it...but I like to use the red 'handi-snacks' stick with a tapered, arrow-point on one side, with white lettering in block sans-serif typeface. If you don't know what I am talking about re: 'handi-snacks' stick, read this: http://antigenius.ne...ves/001186.html

Here is a sample of what I usually use on outdoor wayfinding signage:

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