subway map

Geographic Liberties Were Taken

The icon doesn’t die. Vignelli Transit Maps describes the history of the New York City subway maps and follows this city’s transportation growth from separate, independent lines to one large system. Peter Lloyd and mapmaster Mark Ovenden present a history of the Vignelli map that includes the legacy of the people who created and...

Beauty vs. Usability: Exploring Information Design Through Subway Maps

We’ve all been there. The tourist in an unfamiliar city, not-so-subtly trying to make sense of a new transit system. What should be a simple trip from A to B quickly turns into missed connections and lost minutes. Years spent mastering one system may not prepare you for navigating another—as a New Yorker often...

Diagram vs. Map

Last Friday New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) introduced its new “The Weekender” website, dedicated to helping passengers navigate the byzantine weekend closings and delays on the subway system. And guess what? To aid the user, the famed yet flawed Massimo Vignelli 1972 subway map was revived, although not as a map but a...