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Welcome to my web pages about the history, design and usability of schematic transport maps. Worldwide, these are created to make people’s journey planning easier, but all-too-often design flaws make them unnecessarily difficult to use, London included. I am a psychologist who has researched into human intelligence and inference for over 20 years (my credentials) but my interests are now primarily concerned with schematic mapping (and wayfinding information in general). I design maps, conduct usability studies to test them, and have exhibited my work internationally. I have implemented research on behalf of FWT and Transport for London and can offer a range of design services and evidence-based evaluation methodologies in order to ensure the adoption of a usable, accessible, distinctive map with immediate widespread user-acceptance. Individual commissions are also accepted.


Internet Survey on Schematic Map Design


If you have 15 minutes to spare, why not take part in a survey about your opinions on map design. This is the first-ever large-scale attempt to identify people’s views on this topic, so the more responses the better. This survey is open to everyone, irrespective of where they live, so do take part and spread the word!



July Newsletter


My monthly newsletter includes latest news, a summary of media and internet articles, forthcoming events, and a map of the month. Download the July 2014 newsletter here.

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All previous newsletters are now archived properly and available for download, click on the button below to see a summary for each available newsletter, starting November 2013.



Concentric Circles Maps



Going Underground blog by Annie Mole
Londonist by Matt Brown
Gothamist by Jen Chung

... and many more ...

For all enquiries, use the following email address: max@tubemapcentral.com. This is checked regularly, daytime, evenings, weekends.







Major Book Still Available

Underground Maps Unravelled, Explorations in Information Design








Print-on-Demand Service

Purchase high quality ink-jet posters of your favourite maps






Exhibitions, Talks and Events

For current and forthcoming dates for your diary, see the current newsletter.
For details of previous exhibitions, and my catalogue of lectures, see below:







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Contact

For all contacts, use the following email address: max@tubemapcentral.com. This forwards emails to an address that is checked regularly.
Last updated 07/07/14. All content on these web pages are © Maxwell J. Roberts, 2005-14. No reproduction without permission.

NOTE: I am not affiliated with Transport for London nor any of its subsidiary companies. If you require information on travel in London, or the latest versions of official maps, you should click here. Many of the images included on these pages are copyright Transport for London (official Underground maps reproduced here for illustrative educational purposes) or myself (experimental designs and original maps designed to demonstrate usability issues).