Kansai Regional Rail

Not smol. Rather, lorge.

Not smol. Rather, lorge.

My first serious experiment with Curved Lines, a la the Ile-de-France map. Perhaps next time I’ll develop a consistent hierarchy, like the thicker & more prominent lines have wider curves or something. Perhaps that’ll work better.

I find myself having designs upon Nagoya all of a sudden…

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Metropolitan Line Strip Map

Hm.

Hm.

Another. More interested in interchange design & mode differentiation with this one. I may be trying to reinvent the wheel here.

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Chicago L Map

Finally.

Finally.

Sources: this guide, this map, this map, and these timetables.

This one I’ve been working on for a while, as you can probably tell ‘cos the style clearly dates from the Rip Off Vignelli Wholesale era. But it’s done. I’d probably have more to say about this if an earlier draft of this post wasn’t eaten.

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Circle Line Strip Map

I'm spiraling...spiraling...

I’m spiraling…spiraling…

Still working out how I want to approach the SE England map.

One more of these, then I’ll stop procrastinating. Indulge me, please.

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Crossrail 2

Pip pip &c.

Pip pip &c.

A preliminary sketch for the London thing. Cabin Font rocks. Done in an afternoon and it probably shows. End of May can’t get here soon enough.

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To Do List: Cherry Blossom Edition

It’s very pretty out. It’s also very cold.

  • Finish Chicago L map (describe skip-stop services & commuter rail lines) [Almost finished!]
  • Companion maps for Baltimore Metro: Washington Metro & DC-MD-VA commuter rail, both in the same style [DC Metro map is done! TheGreaterMarin guy is doing a map of Baltimore-Washington commuter rail services ca. 1921 so now I won’t have to! Give money to his Kickstarter! I’ll wait for a while to start the commuter rail map so it doesn’t seem like I’m ripping him off; I fear they will look very similar.]
  • Redraw Philadelphia subway map based on 1913 expansion plans. (Routes are already drawn on Google Earth) [Not started yet. Had a false start the first time.]
  • Finish isometric PATH map (needs legend and connections) [Done!]
  • Vancouver SkyTrain and commuter rail map. Try a combination of styles used for Seoul and Baltimore maps. [Backburnered after a few false starts.]
  • Adjust Tokyo map. Switch out font for something more readable & delineate interchange stations better. [Gonna be a full redesign. Too many curves and jags in the old one. Still undecided on a font.]
  • Alon Levy’s Tel Aviv rail map. [I forgot I wanted to do this. Whoops.]
  • Hong Kong & Shenzhen 2030 map, in the style of the Seoul map. [Done!]
  • Fantasy London/SE England railway map, including Crossrail 2, long-dead victims of the Beeching Axe, Metropolitan Line to Brill, &c. [Waiting for map redesign at the end of May, when the Overground swallows up a few more routes. I know which font I’m going to use now!]
  • Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto rail map. [Current project, 2/3 finished. Posted a few WIP pictures over on Twitter. It’s coming along nicely. The design language I’m using for the Osaka map is a test run for the one I’ll use on the Tokyo map, to see what works & what doesn’t.]
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There Was A Timetable Revision Today

A new thing opened in Tokyo. I want to redesign my Tokyo map, because the one I did before looks more and more hideous with each passing day.

(Some background: in the last map, I assigned each JR East line the numbers they had on the railway’s Tokyo area map. For instance, the Tokaido Line is Line 1, the Yokosuka Line is Line 2, the Shonan-Shinjuku Line is Line 3, and so forth.)

Here’s how I think the new timetable revision will change things up in the new map:

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