There’s something about the incredible imagination that goes into mass transit that makes the whole thing fascinating and impressive.
What I mean is, just consider the wide variety of tools needed to conceptualize how to move large numbers of individuals across large distances with the least amount of disruption. That is simply impressive and even evocative.
That evocative nature extends even—or maybe necessarily—to the transit maps of many cities. I hope you agree that “subway map” could be its own artistic niche, so impressive are many of them.
That’s why on this Change of Venue Friday I invite you to read this article about how people simply cannot resist tweaking and transforming the subway map. As Emily Badger writes in the Washington Post, the need to reinvent is a powerful one.
Among the real and imagined maps the article displays, which are your favorites? As for me, it’s hard not to smile when you see the imagined map for Madrid, Spain.
And in case there was not enough evidence that people love their subway systems, here is a brief story sharing “the best subway map tattoos.” Yes, it’s a thing.
Have a terrific—and track-inspired—weekend.Follow @azatty