Jump to content


London Underground: Design vs. Geography

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic



    Key Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 50 posts
  • Location:Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
  • Interests:Interactive Map Applications: Flash, MySQL, PHP, etc.
  • United States

I came across this really interesting morph showing the difference between true geography in the London underground map and the design of system map itself. Interesting to think about the trade-offs.

Underground Map

I'd like to make one of these for the DC metro...

Also, I saw a post on Cartotalk awhile ago about a menu that has made to match the DC metro map. I have obtained a copy of this now, I can take a picture if anyone is still interested. It is cute. (I think if you could capture the travel time between stations, it would a great drinking game. With each station as a different drink, the goal would be to keep your train on time!)

Hans van der Maarel

Hans van der Maarel

    CartoTalk Editor-in-Chief

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,190 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Netherlands
  • Interests:Cartography, GIS, history, popular science, music.
  • Netherlands


Would love to see a picture of the menu. In fact, I think it'd be a nice thing to have a gallery of "cute ways to use maps".

As for the London Underground map, I think it's a monument of design. I love it.
Hans van der Maarel - Cartotalk Editor
Red Geographics
Email: hans@redgeographics.com / Twitter: @redgeographics

Martin Gamache

Martin Gamache

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 981 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington DC
  • Interests:History of Topographic Cartography
    Topographic Mapping
    History of Relief Depiction
    Thematic Cartography
    Demographic Cartography
    Cartographic techniques, methods, and tools
    Panoramic & Kite Photography
  • United States

It seems Beck's original was slightly closer to true geography than the 2004 version.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users