New York's subway map like you've never seen it before
Take a ride on the subway with this very cool interactive that shows how New York City’s 40-year old subway map came to be
Neat. Also implicitly a critique of the Vignelli map, which looks "cleaner" or more "minimalist" but isn't as good when it comes to functioning as an actual map.
New York City has changed a lot over the past 40 years. But the M.T.A subway map, designed in 1979, has largely endured.
New York City has changed a lot over the past 40 years. But the MTA subway map, designed in 1979, has largely endured.
Yes, I've seen this NY Times subway infographic piece. It's... odd. Seems to excuse bad design with some magical hand waves and expect us to believe this is really the best map that could be made.
For all of you that sit at the the intersection of transit x map x design nerdery, have I got a piece for you...
This interactive tour of the subway map from is fascinating. I had no idea the lead designer was Japanese! He drew the lines by hand by riding each separate line with his eyes closed and drawing the curves based on feel.
"He rode the length of every train line with his eyes closed, feeling the curve of each track and then drawing the path he perceived in his sketchbook."
what a dizzying thing of beauty this is, map and territory and design and all of it.
A fun look at an iconic and long lasting design effort to make a more intuitive map. via
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On creating the now iconic NYC subway map "He rode the length of every train line with his eyes closed, feeling the curve of each track and then drawing the path he perceived in his sketchbook"
"[The map's designer] rode the length of every train line with his eyes closed, feeling the curve of each track and then drawing the path he perceived in his sketchbook."
As a design, map, NYC & subway fan, love this. But the final text is like some 1962 PSA: “Over the past 40 years, the MTA map has become a record of the changing city. Its design has endured because of its ability to adapt to the eclectic city it serves.”
I love the interactive pieces
Great design story, well-told, showing the advantages of the digital version of the paper. via