Underground Maps Unravelled

This event is being held at Southend on Sea – but I thought it would interest people in London.

An exhibition by Maxwell Roberts

Since revolutionising map design in 1933, Henry Beck’s iconic London Underground diagram has set the standard for the mapping of transport network worldwide.

The exhibition explores the success of the Beck map and the rules that it adopted, and asks whether the increasingly complex networks of today demand fresh approaches.

Roberts presents a collection of his own work: maps that are easier to use; maps that teach us about good design; maps that challenge our preconceptions; and maps that are purely decorative.

Runs: Fri 25th Feb to Mon 8th March.

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4:30pm

The artist will be “in residence” on 26 & 27 Feb and 6th March.

Admission: Free

Address: Campus Gallery, South Essex College of Further & Higher Education, Luker Road, Southend on Sea, Essex.

Thanks to London Reconnections for letting me know about this.

An early map

Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement?

A slightly redesigned version of the modern map (note the changes to the Bakerloo and Victoria lines).

Maps from other metro networks will also be on display.

Whats's on in London: today or tomorrow or this weekend

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3 comments on “Underground Maps Unravelled
  1. James D says:

    I like the way you described Max’s 60-degree map as “slightly redesigned”. There isn’t a vertical line on that map. Or a 45-degree diagonal. It almost completely breaks with people’s expectations, but feels familiar, comfortable, and elegant.

  2. Mr Mappy says:

    That Art Nouveau map looks fabulous. Is there any more of it?

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