TUBE & RAIL MAP
The Current Map
This design is based on the current tube & rail map from Transport for London, developed from Harry Beck original 1933 design.
Beck's design was revolutionary & one of my favourite pieces of graphic design, however the network has grown greatly since then & I feel the current map is somewhat cluttered & intimidating to those unfamiliar with it.
My map attempts to simplify this with greater space between stations, a balanced layout & straighter lines. It retains all information as well as introducing the soon to open Elizabeth Line & Northern Line expansion to Battersea Power Station.
The current map inflates the size of central London. I increased the space further and framed it in an Overground oval-shaped loop in order to make the busiest part of the network easier to spot & read.
Locals are more likely to know their regular stations so less likely to need the map than tourists. Most tourists journeys start or end in Zones 1 & 2, so increasing the size of this area serves a secondary purpose.
3 levels of visual hierarchy have been implemented to the lines to draw the eye to the most frequent service:
Tube lines (most frequent) in solid colour
Other TFL services (less frequent) in a lighter pastel shade with darker border
National Rail services as hollow lines
Currently the Overground, DLR and Tramlink services are displayed in the same colour despite multiple services running under these banners, so these were split and given geographically relevant names.
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