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London Underground 1932-33

An oldie, but goodie:

I’ve always read how well designed HC Beck’s 1933 version of the London underground was. It only occurred to me the other day that I never had seen the old version for comparison. There are definitely significant improvements (…improvements that have proven very useful as the system grew further), but I can’t say it blows me away. Of course, that might be because we now view those design features as commonplace.

I don’t share his lack of enthusiasm.  This is probably one of the greatest advances in infographic-mapmaking in the history of mankind.  Here’s the before:


Posted in Design, Maps.