Many subway maps are masterpieces of information design, but inevitably make compromises in geographic fidelity for clarity. Inspired by a viral post on Reddit, you can now find a collection of subway maps from around the world, morphing from their map format to their real-world layout. Here, for example, is London’s:
London’s tube map — in map form — has always been lovely and clear, and you can easily see how much it deviates from geographic truth (and how much better it is for doing so). Compare it with New York’s map:
I’ve always found the NYC subway map one of the most confusing to use as a traveler, and the fact that it hews so closely to geography probably has a lot to do with it.
That’s all from us for this week. Have a great weekend, and we’ll be back on Monday!