Thursday, 17 September 2009

A New Tube Map

I was horrified to read yesterday that Transport for London has redrawn the London Underground Map removing the Thames. This is supposed to make it "less complex". The tube map is a design classic from 1933 (by Harry Beck), admired and imitated all over the world as a model of clarity and information. Does removing the river really make it easier to follow? Does anyone think so? The zone boundaries have also been removed, just to make it even more helpful. To me this is a typically ill-thought out move, by people who probably don't have enough to do and spend their time make unnecessary changes, just for change's sake - always a mistake. Some things should not be touched.

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