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Reader’s Corner book of the month: April ’21

Transection of a brain with book title (Human Spatial Navigation) overlaid on book cover (front view)

Featuring publications of relevance to our industry, including those cited in SDS e-newsletter lead articles and suggested additional reading, we’ve recently relaunched the SDS Reader’s Corner book of the month page. Each month we will showcase a suggested read that relates to our professional areas of interest, be it a seminal publication or something more tangential. We hope the books we select will offer you insights and inspiration.

If you any suggestions of books, particularly newly published ones, that you think would be of interest to our community, please email us:

For April ’21 we feature Human Spatial Navigation by Arne D. Ekstrom, Hugo J. Spiers, Véronique D. Bohbot (author) and R. Shayna Rosenbaum (2018), the first book to comprehensively explore the cognitive foundations of human spatial navigation. Humans possess a range of navigation and orientation abilities, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. All of us must move from one location to the next, following habitual routes and avoiding getting lost. While there is more to learn about how the brain underlies our ability to navigate, neuroscience and psychology have begun to converge on some important answers. In Human Spatial Navigation, four leading experts tackle fundamental and unique issues to produce the first book-length investigation into this subject.


The authors … psychologists and neuroscientists, bring together in one unique volume the findings of their disciplines in a comprehensive and readable form. In addition to approaching their subject through the navigational cultures of the South Pacific and Arctic, the insights gained from those whose cognitive abilities have been impaired by brain injury or old age, and experiments performed with virtual reality games, the authors consider how memory and visual clues, alternative ways of imaging ourselves in space, and modes of integrating complex information combine to make orientation possible … ” (Lawrence Rosen, December 2020 forThe Society for Nautical Research)

With a RRP of £42.00,  ‘Human Spatial Navigation‘ is available for £29.57 at 06.04.2021 (including free P&P for orders dispatched to addresses within the UK) via Blackwell’s*.

Previous books of the month

Macdonald Gill: Charting a Life‘ (by Caroline Walker, 2020) – March 2021

Airline Maps: A Century of Art and Design (by Mark Ovenden and Max Roberts, 2019) – December 2019

Jan Tschichold and the New Typography (by Paul Stirton, 2019) – November 2019

SDS e-newsletter lead article suggested books

Cognitive Mapping: Past, Present and Future (edited by Rob Kitchin and Scott Freundschuh, 2015)

Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design (by Elisabeth B. N. Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers, 2012)

Graphic Design in Urban Environments (by Robert Harland, 2016)

Understanding Mobility as a Service: Past, Present and Future (by David Hensher, 2020)

Wayfinding (by Michael Bond, 2021)

Wayfinding: People, Signs and Architecture (by Paul Arthur and Romedi Passini, 2002)


[*NOTE: This page contains affiliate links. This means the Sign Design Society may earn a commission should you chose to make a purchase using SDS-generated links direct to Blackwell’s online bookshop.]