To Do List: Malfunctioning Computer Edition

My MacBook is in the Apple Store for a few days and is currently in the process of being disemboweled (keyboard’s broke). This, naturally, gives me time to think about where my priorities are this time.

  • Finish Chicago L map (describe skip-stop services & commuter rail lines)
  • Companion maps for Baltimore Metro: Washington Metro & DC-MD-VA commuter rail, both in the same style
  • Redraw Philadelphia subway map based on 1913 expansion plans. (Routes are already drawn on Google Earth)
  • Finish isometric PATH map (needs legend and connections)
  • Vancouver SkyTrain and commuter rail map. Try a combination of styles used for Seoul and Baltimore maps.
  • Adjust Tokyo map. Switch out font for something more readable & delineate interchange stations better.
  • Alon Levy’s Tel Aviv rail map.
  • Hong Kong & Shenzhen 2030 map, in the style of the Seoul map.

What’s really great about getting a Behance account is I’m pushing myself toward developing a style that is (a) good and (b) recognizably my own and not a blatant ripoff of someone else’s.

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Easter Egg

Oops.

Oops.

This is a map of the Philadelphia subway I did as part of a bigger thing a year or so ago that will never be published b/c everything self-destructed all at once. This happens from time to time.

Anyway, I found this expansion plan dating from 1913 and I may give this map another shot soon.

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I Got A Behance Account

It’s right here. I’ll be posting some older stuff and some newer stuff over there. Big maps will still go on WordPress.

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Eboracal Metropolitan

A missive from a better world.

A missive from a better world.

Here’s a map of the New York Subway. I took the Vignelli Weekender map and added a few things. Like the old Manhattan and Brooklyn Els. And most of the IND Second System (mishmash of 1929 & 1939 proposals; service patterns from here). And Hong Kong-esque Airport Express trains to JFK and LaGuardia. And the 7 extension to Hudson Yards. And the Triboro RX. And a few other goodies. This is partially Vanshnook’s fault.

Working on an isometric companion PATH map. That’ll be up soonish. Maybe.

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PATH in a Perfect World

Okay, not perfect. This world still has capitalism.

Okay, not perfect. This world still has capitalism.

This is probably this idea’s third iteration, developed after much frustration & caffeine headaches. If the Port Authority attempted to build this today it’d probably cost about a trillion bucks (they apparently burn most of the money they receive over there).

The line between LIC & Jamaica runs along the old Lower Montauk Branch. The line between Grand Central and 135 St runs under Madison Avenue.

If you know a thing or two about NYC Subway history you know what I’m talking about when I say this comes from a “perfect world”…

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The Best Transit Maps

Inspirations & admirations. Links either go to the official page, the page of the designer, or its entry on the Transit Maps tumblr (a veritable transit map design museum).

OFFICIAL

  • The Berlin U- and S-Bahn map (click on the “Route Map” bullet).
  • Project Mapping’s diagram of the exceptionally labyrinthine London and SE England commuter rail network. (Interestingly, although I have nothing but respect for Beck’s contribution to the transit map, er, universe, I’ve never been a super-huge fan of the tube map itself. Probably because TfL has mangled it beyond recognition.)
  • The Los Angeles Metrorail map (with U/C or commuter routes).
  • The Montreal Metro map. (No, not the one on the official website. This one.)
  • Art Lebedev’s Moscow Metro map.
  • The Vignelli Weekender map and Super Bowl transport map for New York City.
  • The Paris RER/Transilien network map.

HISTORICAL

UNOFFICIAL

  • Cameron Booth regularly spins straw into gold. Here’s his Boston ‘T’ map and Portland MAX/streetcar map.
  • Michael Tyznik’s Columbus light rail map.
  • H4vok_13′s map of the TRAX system in Salt Lake City.
  • Jug Cerovic and ZEROPERZERO are both responsible for some incredible maps of Seoul.
  • Brent Palmer is responsible for the best AU/NZ transit maps around. Unfortunately, his visible portfolio could also be best described as “turbulent.” Here’s an older frequent transit map of Wellington that I think represents him at his best.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Hammink Design’s circular map of the Amsterdam Metro and tram network.
  • Also in Amsterdam, Dave Kramer’s map of the Randstad regional rail network.
  • Speaking of Harry Beck, his proposed redesign of the Paris Metro map is fascinating, in a scenes-from-an-alternate-universe sort of way.
  • ZEROPERZERO’s map of the Tokyo subway is the only one around that articulates a fundamental truth about the city’s rail network and is for that reason the best one ever made.
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Välkommen till Omfattandestad

Didn’t realize till just now that Ian Silva updated the main Koana Islands map so more placenames are in Koanian instead of English. I’ll have to update my own maps eventually as well.

One of the things on my ever-shifting to-do list is a map of the Conneaut Metro Tunnelbana so I’m now thinking of doing an MTR-esque bilingual thing for that one.

Also he and his GF are cookin’ up a cool new country as well, with more German/Dutch influence. Check it out!

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