I love public transit maps. They not just help us to figure out the correct train to reach destinations, but I think that they are the fingerprint of the city. I really love Neil Freeman’s work “Subway systems at the same scale” in 2004.
These graphics have no key and annotation. They are simply made up of lines. All graphics are in black and white. But you can easily get a sense of the development and the public transit landscape of the cities. It is considered as an infographic. It provides a new world perspective for readeers to see a city economic growth and population density.
In fact, subway-styled infographics have been used in many ways. For example, what would you think if the systems of the human body were depicted as a subway map?
The Human Subway Map
“The infographic that traces the routes of eight different systems within the body (Digestive, Respiratory, Arterial, etc.), and highlights the major connection points.”
The Gastrointestinal System Represented as a Subway Map
“The designer took a digestive route with this metro map by visualizing it as a gastrointestinal system. As dark and scary as some metro systems can be, this infographic offers the perfect analogy – especially the blue line.”
For more graphics which have incorporated with metro map concept, you can visit 5 Cool Subway-Styled Infographics. http://daddu.net/5-cool-subway-styled-infographics/
Also, here is a Youtube link which show the step to build a subway map with Adobe Illustrator. Learn build your first public transit maps! Enjoy!
Margaret Yee Man, NG