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Last night, the Museum of the City of New York brought together a panel of New York City subway map dignitaries for “The New York City Subway Map – Form v. Massimo Vignelli started off the conversation with an introduction to transit diagrams around the world. Paul Shaw, author and typographer, then introduced some common problems to consider when making a subway map. With the onset of new technologies, more and more people are taking it upon themselves to alleviate some of these issues.
Despite the obvious frustrations with and criticisms of the MTA’s design choices (and perhaps because no MTA representative sat on the panel), it was a jovial evening overall. Meredith Baber is a Project Associate at Urban Omnibus and a Masters candidate in the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture Program at Columbia University’s GSAPP. The views expressed here are those of the author only and do not reflect the position of Urban Omnibus editorial staff or the Architectural League of New York. Perhaps the discussion might have had some real meaning if there was someone representing the MTA map. I could give you an essay, based on truth and actual experience with the map, because I’ve lived with it for over thirty years and am witness to its aging. But the problem is that the current map is *neither* a clear diagram of the subway system *nor* an accurate depiction of the city’s geography. Footer TextUrban Omnibus is the Architectural League's online publication dedicated to defining and enriching the culture of citymaking. The pilot and development phase of Urban Omnibus was made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation. The day's most popular stories from Gothamist every evening in your inbox from our newsletter. Roberts, who has also created circular maps for other cities like Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Chicago, tells us, "I don't think that these maps are particularly easy to use, and they do distort geography, but they force a city into an unprecedented level of organization, and people find them fresh and exciting (or horrific, but I feel that if I delight half the people and horrify the other half then I must be doing something right). Further, he says, "I've always liked the 1958 diagram by George Salomon [pictured at right], it is tricky to work out what all the lines are doing, but very elegant.
Sign up for Gothamist Daily, which will deliver the day's most popular stories to your inbox at 5 p.m. Although in line with the artistic tastes of the times the result wasn’t exactly an efficient system of way-finding.


Add 50 years of additional signage with no graphical consistency and the result was confusing at the very least.
With the eventual adoption of Unimark’s design program there was a renewed interest in the original mosaics not as signage but as historically significant public art pieces. The terracotta bas-reliefs were manufactured by the Grueby Faience Company of Boston and Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati.
Both Grueby and Rookwood started with art pottery and branched out into architectural ceramics by the turn of the century. Even better see his book, Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story.
Massimo noted the differences between a diagram and a map, but stressed the importance of both form and function in both. Tauranac is a New York City native who has been making maps of the city for almost 40 years and sat as the chair of the committee to redesign the MTA subway map in 1979. He explores the subway system, looking at signage and stations, and has come to understand the complexities that are inherent in a large transit system such as that of the MTA. Eddie Jabbour designed the KickMap as a geographical and graphically legible alternative to the MTA map, and even offered it to them to use. Serious discussions were balanced by more lighthearted conversations, such as favorite subway stations (which ranged from the abandoned City Hall station to the grand space of the 181st Street station in Washington Heights). I thought the discussion at the museum was great, but the MTA perspective would be valuable.
Ongoing support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the membership and board of the Architectural League, and readers like you. He designs maps and conducts studies to see how usable they are (he's consulted for Transport for London, the transit agency that runs the Underground). Salomon suggested to use more then three colors, but the MTA wasn't ready for that innovation.
The ceramic tiles came from a number of manufacturers, including the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company. Columbus Circle was the first station completed (1901) and Heins and LeFarge used it to test designs and materials. The redesign intended to retain certain elements of a diagrammatic map, but based on geography, with a new color coding system for grouped trunk lines (prior to this, there was a different color for each line).


One archival image he presented showed a woman in a station, standing at a large call board. He created a London tube map based on concentric circles for fun earlier this year and has now created one for NYC. If you just pushed a button representing your final destination, the board would tell you how to get there from your current station.
So Jabbour and his son created an iPhone app, which notes day and nighttime service changes, options to receive notifications of unexpected delays, GPS technology to help locate nearby stations and a compass to help orient yourself after exiting to the street.
This behemoth was the predecessor to smart phones and Google maps, but why did such a useful concept disappear from the subway system? The app has been downloaded by over 350,000 people — a sign, Jabbour pointed out, that people are calling for a less confusing option.
Now, for unfamiliar travelers, it is hard enough even to know where to get on the subway, let alone travel from one destination to another and transfer trains.
But, he added, we can’t rest on smartphone tools, which are only used by a fraction of subway riders.
The 1972 Vignelli NYC subway map was an attempt at a diagrammatic display for the subway system, consisting of 45 and 90 degree angles, many colors, and extreme legibility. The current map is not for travelers who need expedited information, but for the person who has time to scan tiny type to decipher whether or not the N train stops at 28th Street. There is still a dire need for easily-accessible print media, or other innovations that can benefit everyone. However, the map was criticized by the public, who found the lack of above-ground geographic and navigational details confusing.
In 1979 the MTA ousted Vignelli’s diagram for a “more legible” version — legibility defined, not as visual and textual clarity, but as geographical clarity.



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