Yesterday I came across this poster and although I absolutely loved it, I forgot to bookmark it or even take mental note of where I was seeing. Then, with one swift click of the mouse it was gone. About an hour ago I remembered it but I hadn’t a clue where to look. After almost an hour of rigorous googling I finally found it. I think may have seen a tweet from Print about it because I came across this article, which led me to the creators of this unique poster, David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler of Triboro Design. Heasty is quoted in the Print article talking about the design:
“The new design strips away the familiar color-coding of the subway system routes while still maintaining a level of hierarchy and functionality. All lines of the map are forced to conform to an underlying grid of 45 and 90 degree angles, yet surprisingly, the landmass contours here are more true-to-life than on the MTA map. The florescent red color becomes an unpredictable variable, as legibility can change completely under different lighting conditions. The neon effect can be intense and retina-burning under certain lamps, washed out and unreadable in other environments, or glow otherworldly under black-lights.”
Paul Shaw’s book on subway graphics began a recent display of admiration and reflection on the New York City subway.