Transit Maps We Love
Certainly you could opt for a postcard of your favorite city’s key landmarks, but that doesn’t tell you all that much about the city’s culture does it? For a graphical element that speaks to the individuality of each city, all while depicting the landmarks that define it, mail those postcards and instead study a transit map. Some iconic, others unheralded, a transit map offers visitors a fingertip guide to the chaos of a city and arranges it in a way that holds true to the roots of the city.
Whether using a geographical framework (i.e. New York) or a schematic design (known as a diagram and used by most American cities), cities often swirl those ideas together, bending train lines and inserting key landmarks to help tell the story of both transit stations and cultural interest.
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- This Tuesday, we hopped a train for Brooklyn Heights. Destination: The New York Transit Museum, where a talk about the historic Vignelli subway map was being held.
- As a nod to the home of the nation's first subway, Rail-Volution rolled into Boston this past weekend.
- Our City Living issue, due out on newsstands September 10, focuses on design and architecture in urban locales.
If you're turned around and need a little help visualizing that the Bronx is up and the Battery's down, this handy cotton handkerchief from Muji just might get you going in the right direction. Marked with major Big Apple streets and landmarks, you'll be navigating the city in no time, and take heart: If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere!
- coolcapitals.com and Dwell teamed up for the second year in a row to bring you a "cool" design competition!
- In a campaign pledge last week that resembles a high school candidate’s promise to give out free pop during lunchtime, Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right UMP…
- A new book opens the door to a subterranean New York only seen by transit workers and graffiti artist.
Structurally streamlined, Tree Hooked is inspired by flowering branches, though we think it could also pass as a subway map. Display it in any orientation, or supplement it with additional modules for seemingly boundless customization.