Readers of my Transit Maps blog would know that I was extremely disappointed with the recent Montréal Métro map redesign (see the review here), which took a truly unique, iconic design and replaced it with a very ordinary octolinear imitation of itself. So I’ve taken it upon myself to redraw the map as I think it should look: restoring some elements of the previous maps, simplifying and clarifying the network, and adding some new touches all of my own.
A little while ago, someone asked me on my “Transit Maps” blog whether I had ever seen a map of the New York subway system in the style of the London Underground diagram. Rather surprisingly, I hadn’t actually come across one, so – surprise! – I decided to draw one up myself.
A final revision to my redrawn Tube Map, exploring a way to visually depict out-of-station interchanges. Also, I’ve integrated some potential near-future extensions to the Tube lines, just for fun.
Other maps have shown the extent of accessible services on the Underground before, but the newest one I know of is from 2011, which is before the distinction between “street-to-platform” and “street-to-train” was made on the map. Here’s my version of those two maps, with before and after comparisons with the whole map.
Wow! I’ve been completely blown away by the (mostly positive) response to my redrawn Tube Map. Thanks to everyone who has left me a comment or note – all of your thoughts help to inform future revisions to the map. There’s a few more parts of the map that I’m personally really happy with that I’d like to highlight in a little more detail than the already lengthy initial post allowed. Read on for the details!
London’s Tube Map has long been regarded as an icon of informational design, pioneering the way for just about every other schematic transportation map in the world since its inception way back in 1931. But how much of that reputation is actually deserved these days?