Understanding good design by deliberately creating bad design
A political design classic investigated
Official Viennese maps fail to impress, so I make one for myself
Another project repays slow development
1928: The earliest schematic map I know with straight lines and route colour-coding
How much topographical distortion is needed to squeeze a map into a panel that is the wrong shape?
The Vignelli New York City Subway Map style suits Berlin well
The seasonal theme continues for the Essex Sunshine Coast
I finally get round to fixing a map that has been irritating me
A successful design is brought up to date
A powerful, effective design technique for a compatible city
1930s Art Deco splendour captures attention at a recent exhibition
A Brussels exhibition leads to a map inspired by van Doesburg and Mondrian
Is Köln the world’s most suited city for a concentric circles map?
Two independently-produced maps; similar priorities yield similar configurations
Just three lines and ten stations needed to allow the detail to speak for itself
Sometimes it is the small networks that are troublesome to get right
There is a right way, and a wrong way, to use circles to show the Paris Metro.
A decorative map celebrating the stained glass and style of the master architect.
A rare event, expansion of the New York Subway, causes me to rethink an old design.
Elegant curves for the Italian network?
How could the style capital of the world have such an unstylish metro map?!
People who want geographically accurate maps of Berlin get what they asked for.
An unusually warm and sunny British summer inspires Art Deco and Art Nouveau railway posters.
A map that is intended to be beautiful rather than usable: the Glasgow Suburban rail network inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Exciting new services require an exciting new map to publicise them, but is this design pretty rather than usable?
Using rotated octolinear angles in an attempt to match the design rules with the network structure.
A guest map: a lost design originally created by Raleigh D’Adamo and now reconstructed from a photograph.
Researched by Peter B Lloyd, implemented by Reka Komoli.
As voted for by my newsletter readers, except for the ones who liked it.
Two Barcelona maps highlight ways of adapting concentric circle design rules to match the shape of a city.
Paris Metro in lollipop sticks to make fun of a poorly optimised design.
My Boston marathon concludes with some left-field designs and interesting new discoveries.
Continuing the design sequence to explore the properties of the Boston rail network: the low linearity maps.
Creating a design sequence to explore the properties of the Boston rail network.
Using 30∞ and 60∞ diagonals to straighten out the New York subway.
An apparently simple information design idea collapses under its own weight.
In a tribute to Massimo Vignelli, his original 1972 New York Subway diagram is updated to show current services and future construction projects.
A stunning design from Italy in 1938, showing the whole of Europe as a schematised map.
A colourful Berlin S-Bahn map from the East, with more than a nod towards the Vignelli New York Subway map. Unfortunately never published.
In an attempt to understand the popularity and visual power of concentric circles maps, I create a hexagonal design that achieves neither.
An early drawing of a Paris Metro schematic by Jean Dry; one of the first network schematic maps ever devised?
The London Underground drawn using only circular arcs. A pretty design, but perhaps not one for everyday use.
A festive design for Christmas.
A very orderly concentric circles creation showing planned U-Bahn lines for Vienna.