Like many of you, I’m a closet map junkie! I simply love maps and anything that remotely resembles a map! I have a particular fondness for “Subway” style maps – you know, a work of cartographic excellence that tells a story using the familiar London Underground style of cartography
Well, if this is also you then this is your lucky day as I’ve stumbled onto a WEALTH of Subway Style Maps via this interesting article on Vox by Phil Edwards – 15 subway-style maps that explain everything but subways
The article shares stories and images from a number of projects that range from maps of the National Park system, The Solar System, Musicians, The Human Body, and my favorite, maps of North American Rivers via Somethingaboutmaps – pure awesomeness!
From the Author of the River Maps- Rivers have been a key part of urban life for centuries. They have provided us with drinking water, protection, and a transit network that links us from one settlement to the next. I wanted to create a series of maps that gives people a new way to look at rivers: a much more modern, urban type of portrayal. So I turned to the style of urban transit maps pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London Underground. Straight lines, 45º angles, simple geometry. The result is more of an abstract network representation than you would find on most maps, but it’s also a lot more fun. The geography is intentionally distorted to clarify relationships. I think it helps translate the sort of visual language of nature into a more engineered one, putting the organic in more constructed terms. Not every line depicted is navigable, but all are important to the hydrological systems shown.
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