New York City Map Overhaul Explained

September 16th, 2011


As we know very well, Massimo Vignelli’s version of the NY Subway map is one of the more well known versions. In this old article by the New York Times, more versions of the maps are discussed: goals, colors, shapes. Hit the jump to view the different map versions.

Read the article here and visuals here.



2011: Current map design


1988: Previous map design


1979: Added Street Grid


1972: Vignelli’s Version of the map


1968: Map displays the new system of identifying lines by their letters

Posted by on 09/16/11 in Design

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  1. Justin Alm says:

    I just read Michael Beirut’s essay “Mr. Vignelli’s Map” in Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design. You can read this essay on Design Observer @ :

    http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=2647

    Interesting post.

  2. Regarding this, I also have a tip for you: Through “A la Carte Maps” you have locals in cities all over the world share their insider tips on a hand-drawn map: http://www.facebook.com/alacartemaps


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