http://www.looksgood.de/log/2011/10/mapmap-vauxhall-mashup-mental-maps-and-openstreetmap/ This software allows users to draw a mental map of an area and squish the real map to their drawing. There's no demo available but there is code on GitHub.
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2010/12/915879/new-york-subway-map-wars-continued An article about a panel discussion over New York City's subway maps.
5/26/07 Gil's LotD
http://www.livescience.com/health/070510_facial_culture.html News story about the difference between the way Japanese and Americans look at faces. ^_____^
http://www.topoware.org/concept.html This designer made an entire dining set with a topo map theme.