June 22, 2010
If you live in New York, you're probably starting to see signs of the soon-to-be defunct V and W subway lines, and a new subway map to go with it (no, it's NOT the gorgeous one pictured above). Have you seen it yet? What do you think of the changes? The parks got yellower, and Manhattan got a lot chunkier!
Being a mostly 6 train girl, these changes won't have much personal effect... though I'll have to train (no pun intended) myself from referring to the BDFV and NQRW lines. Occasionally I'll still hear someone refer to the 1/9 line. I always chuckle considering there hasn't been a 9 train in over 5 years (i.e. not since I've been living here).
Anyway, I thought it'd be a good time for a little ode to the visual wonder that is the subway map...
The above images are Massimo Vignelli's classic 1972 map design--highly stylized, highly controversial. Whatever it lacked in usability, it gained tenfold in aesthetics. That color palette!!
The Future Perfect's One Color Subway Map poster.
ZERO PER ZERO's subway map interpretation, inspired by Milton Glaser's ubiquitous I HEART NY.
How are the new subway changes effecting you?
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