Continuing from the previous posting about Simon Garfield's ode to maps, On the Map: A Mind Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks (2013) I am listing personal maps that have stuck in my mind. As Simon writes, “when we gaze a map--any map, in any format from any era -- we still find nothing so much as history and ourselves.”
Garfield dedicates a chapter to Harry Beck (1902 - 1974) the London Underground draughtsman who redesigned the London Tube map in the 1930s. Beck's now famous "electrical circuit" design does not reflect it's actual geographic scale between London stations, but organizes and represents the stations such that makes it much easier for commuters to navigate on the Underground. Below is one of the early iterations.
Regular readers know that this blog is the virtual home of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Book Club, (see the category list on the right for all the postings about it), and public transportation has long been an interest of mine that extends beyond Atlanta. Visiting Boston, I am always impressed with the Boston T, so much that I used to have shower curtain of the transit map (before it distingrated in mold). I still have a couple T-shirts with the map. Notice the same Beck-like design on the shirt.
When I wear them around Atlanta, I get comments ranging from "I wish we had better public transportation" or "Why don't you just live in Boston, if you love it so much?"