Standing Room Only: The Vignelli Subway Map

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March 1, 2013
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  A talk about the history of Vignelil’s subway map, appropriately held in a former train station. Vintage signs from the old independent systems adorn the walls. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    A talk about the history of Vignelil’s subway map, appropriately held in a former train station. Vintage signs from the old independent systems adorn the walls. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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  Vignelli Associates Yoshi Waterhouse and Beatriz Cifuentes, Massimo Vignelli, and Gabrielle Shubert, NYTM Director. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    Vignelli Associates Yoshi Waterhouse and Beatriz Cifuentes, Massimo Vignelli, and Gabrielle Shubert, NYTM Director. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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  Speaking of modernism, Vignelli states “[it] isn’t a style, it’s an attitude, a way of thinking.” We tend to agree. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    Speaking of modernism, Vignelli states “[it] isn’t a style, it’s an attitude, a way of thinking.” We tend to agree. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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  Yoshi Waterhouse explained to the audience that finding solutions for congested areas of the diagram was sometimes done best by hand. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    Yoshi Waterhouse explained to the audience that finding solutions for congested areas of the diagram was sometimes done best by hand. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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  It’s hard to make sense of this early subway map. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    It’s hard to make sense of this early subway map. Photo provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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  The 1972 Vignelli map. Provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    The 1972 Vignelli map. Provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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  The Vignelli map reincarnated. The Weekender app for iPhone and Droid also lives online. Provided by the New York Transit Museum.

    The Vignelli map reincarnated. The Weekender app for iPhone and Droid also lives online. Provided by the New York Transit Museum.

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