some reinterpretations of london’s iconic underground map
the london underground is 150 years old this week. on 9 january 1863 the subway service
opened to the public and now the system transports over 1000 million passengers each year.
not only is the london underground one of the busiest public transport networks in the world,
it’s also one of the most iconic, with a rich visual language that includes the infamous
roundel logo and the diagrammatic map designed by harry beck in 1933.
to mark the anniversary of the ‘tube’ we’ve collected some playful reinterpretations of beck’s iconic design…
the original london underground map by harry beck (designed in 1933)
today’s official tube maps are still largely based on this groundbreaking design.
the great bear’ by simon patterson, 1992
patterson subverts the tube map replacing station names with groups of people
from scientists, saints and philosophers to comedians, explorers and footballers.
biblical tube map by james eaglesfield
moral underground by the poke
geographically accurate tube map by mark noad
3d map by andy hudson-smith of the digital urban blog.
london underground and railyways map by zero per zero
chromatic diagram by francisco dans
twisted tube map by francisco dans
tube map of the milky way by samuel arbesman
animals on the underground by paul middlewick
hand drawn maps from memory
for an exhibit at the museum of london, members of the public were asked to draw
the london underground map from memory – above are a selection of the results – more info here.
untitled artwork by david shrigley for the cover of the london underground pocket tube map, 2005
poster for the tate gallery by david booth, 1986
more info here
tube map made from drinking straws by kyle bean