All my newsletters are in order of publication, most recent first, going back to the very first one in November 2013. For each month, click on the newsletter for a full pdf file, click on the image to the right of the newsletter for a high-resolution jpeg file of just the map of the month.



2017



June 2017

Map of the month: The five deadly sins of map design

Understanding good design by deliberately creating bad design

          



May 2017

Map of the month: Politics versus pragmatics

A political design classic investigated

          



April 2017

Map of the month: Advance planning for Vienna

Official Viennese maps fail to impress, so I make one for myself

          



March 2017

Map of the month: Art Nouveau Paris Metro

Another project repays slow development

          



February 2017

Map of the month: Design on the Orient Express (Part 2)

1928: The earliest schematic map I know with straight lines and route colour-coding

          



January 2017

Map of the month: Coping with Adversity

How much topographical distortion is needed to squeeze a map into a panel that is the wrong shape?

          



2016



December 2016

Map of the month: Modernism in its Spiritual Home?

The Vignelli New York City Subway Map style suits Berlin well

          



November 2016

Map of the month: Seasonal Decoration

The seasonal theme continues for the Essex Sunshine Coast

          



October 2016

Map of the month: Minimalising Scandinavian minimalism

I finally get round to fixing a map that has been irritating me

          



September 2016

Map of the month: Brussels round in circles, back again

A successful design is brought up to date

          



August 2016

Map of the month: More explorations of rotated tetralinear designs

A powerful, effective design technique for a compatible city

          



July 2016

Map of the month: Homage to a long-lost design

1930s Art Deco splendour captures attention at a recent exhibition

          



June 2016

Map of the month: De Stijl

A Brussels exhibition leads to a map inspired by van Doesburg and Mondrian

          



May 2016

Map of the month: Köln ist eine Kreisstadt (Cologne is a circular city)

Is Köln the world’s most suited city for a concentric circles map?

          



April 2016

Map of the month: It’s the priorities that shape the design

Two independently-produced maps; similar priorities yield similar configurations

          



March 2016

Map of the month: No network too small to feature as a decorative map

Just three lines and ten stations needed to allow the detail to speak for itself

          



February 2016

Map of the month: Simple networks that are hard work to map

Sometimes it is the small networks that are troublesome to get right

          



January 2016

Map of the month: Porthole on chaos

There is a right way, and a wrong way, to use circles to show the Paris Metro.

          



2015



December 2015

Map of the month: The Chicago El network inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

A decorative map celebrating the stained glass and style of the master architect.

          



November 2015

Map of the month: New York updated ... with curves and geography?

A rare event, expansion of the New York Subway, causes me to rethink an old design.

          



October 2015

Map of the month: Milan explorations (Part 2)

Elegant curves for the Italian network?

          



September 2015

Map of the month: Milan explorations (Part 1)

How could the style capital of the world have such an unstylish metro map?!

          



August 2015

Map of the month: Topographically reasonable maps of Berlin

People who want geographically accurate maps of Berlin get what they asked for.

          



July 2015

Map of the month: A trip to the seaside

An unusually warm and sunny British summer inspires Art Deco and Art Nouveau railway posters.

          



June 2015

Map of the month: Purely decorative for Glasgow

A map that is intended to be beautiful rather than usable: the Glasgow Suburban rail network inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

          



May 2015

Map of the month: Creating a London Underground night network diagram

Exciting new services require an exciting new map to publicise them, but is this design pretty rather than usable?

          



April 2015

Map of the month: An old angle on Paris

Using rotated octolinear angles in an attempt to match the design rules with the network structure.

          



March 2015

Map of the month: New York Subway map competition winner recreated

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.


          



February 2015

Map of the month: The ugliest London Underground map in the world?

As voted for by my newsletter readers, except for the ones who liked it.

          



January 2015

Map of the month: Bending the rules to fit a city

Two Barcelona maps highlight ways of adapting concentric circle design rules to match the shape of a city.

          



2014



December 2014

Map of the month: Lampooning schematic maps

Paris Metro in lollipop sticks to make fun of a poorly optimised design.

          



November 2014

Map of the month: Step by step in Boston (Part 3)

My Boston marathon concludes with some left-field designs and interesting new discoveries.

          



October 2014

Map of the month: Step by step in Boston (Part 2)

Continuing the design sequence to explore the properties of the Boston rail network: the low linearity maps.

          



September 2014

Map of the month: Step by step in Boston (Part 1)

Creating a design sequence to explore the properties of the Boston rail network.

          



Aug 2014

Map of the month: A new Angle on Vignelli’s iconic design

Using 30∞ and 60∞ diagonals to straighten out the New York subway.

          



July 2014

Map of the month: It seemed like a good idea at the time, it always does

An apparently simple information design idea collapses under its own weight.

          



June 2014

Map of the month: A misunderstood design

In a tribute to Massimo Vignelli, his original 1972 New York Subway diagram is updated to show current services and future construction projects.

          



May 2014

Map of the month: Design on the Orient Express

A stunning design from Italy in 1938, showing the whole of Europe as a schematised map.

          



April 2014

Map of the month: Gang-ravaged New York meets Cold-war Berlin

A colourful Berlin S-Bahn map from the East, with more than a nod towards the Vignelli New York Subway map. Unfortunately never published.

          



March 2014

Map of the month: Lightning fails to strike twice in the same place in London

In an attempt to understand the popularity and visual power of concentric circles maps, I create a hexagonal design that achieves neither.

          



February 2014

Map of the month: The first schematic network map. Not London or Berlin, but Paris?

An early drawing of a Paris Metro schematic by Jean Dry; one of the first network schematic maps ever devised?

          



January 2014

Map of the month: Not another circles map!

The London Underground drawn using only circular arcs. A pretty design, but perhaps not one for everyday use.

          



2013



December 2013

Map of the month: Tube Map in Tinsel

A festive design for Christmas.

          



November 2013

Map of the month: Wien in einer kreisförmigen Zukunft (Vienna in a Circular Future)

A very orderly concentric circles creation showing planned U-Bahn lines for Vienna.