Creative and intuitive wayfinding designs, maps, and other things to help you find other things.
How much geography can we do without?
Diagram maps forgo all spatial integrity and instead represent the connectivity of a specific environment. Diagram metro maps tend to space elements at equal distances, so while they manipulate geographic distance, the routes are more readable to the average user. In the case of a metro map the lines representing rails will adhere to design rules in order to be uniform (e.g. they might only make 90/45 degrees turns). Landmarks are often added to help with orientation.
The Vignelli Subway Map Goes Digital
The Vignelli subway map of the 1970s survives and goes digital. The Weekender site boasts an interactive map that can be clicked, zoomed, panned and expanded to see live updates on weekend service interruption. Blinking dots and shaded lines grab your attention and graphically indicate planned work. The Vignelli subway map was clearly too far ahead of its time.