I love creating things based on subway maps. Losing myself in something designed to prevent others from getting lost is a wonderful irony. Most of us are familiar with maps focused on wayfinding and less on geographic accuracy. I wanted to explore the parts that make up geographically accurate maps and create something for others like me who love them.
Colors of the Rails
Colors collected of official diagrams of metro lines and combined into a single graphic grouped by color family. Box sizes are based on the number of stations served by that line.
These posters showcase the vibrant colors used for each line of subway, metro, and other rapid transit systems from major cities. Lines were extracted from real-world layouts of each system and their colors were unified under a general color palette. Each endpoint on a line, including branches, is marked with a circle. Lines are arranged on each poster to loosely coincide with their position the overall system.
Stations & Lines
A visual catalog of every station in major rapid transit systems and the lines they serve. Each station is a set of concentric circles representing every line in a system with only those colored that it serves. Circles are sequenced a rainbow-like order using the systems' official colors with reds and oranges as the outer-most circles and purples, pinks, browns, and greys as the inner-most. Organizing stations alphabetically produces random patterns and gives each city its own identity.
An exploration of the colors used in mass transit systems around the world. Each poster shows every station in a subway or other mass transit system sorted alphabetically and color-coded by the lines they serve with colored dots before each station.
Transit geeks or anyone looking to add a little color to their walls will enjoy these posters of major rail systems and their train stations.