yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio
yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio
sep 06, 2012

yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio

 ‘london underground circuit maps’ by yuri suzuki images © hitomi kai yoda

japanese designer yuri suzuki has sent designboom images of his ‘london underground circuit maps’ project developed as part of the designers in residence program at the london design museum, on show until january 13th, 2013.

responding to ‘thrift’ as a theme, suzuki’s work explores communication systems in consumer electronics. a printed circuit board (PCB) is used as a precedent for developing a electrical circuit influenced by harry beck’s iconic london underground map diagrams. by strategically positioning certain speaker, resistor and battery components throughout the map, users can visually understand the complex networks associated with electricity and how power is generated within a radio.

yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio overview of the london underground map

yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio detailed network of resistors and components

yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio detailed network of resistors and components

yuri suzuki: london underground circuit map radio full circuit board view

yuri suzuki designers in residence video
  • looks like great fun, can it be purchased now? Id like to see the line expanded and let buyers choose the city they\’d like. Great job.

    charles says:
  • suzuki is the kiddie.

    dshott.co.uk says:
  • Ironic, considering Beck was an electrical draughtsman who based his design on electrical wiring diagrams…

    Steve cowie says:
  • i\’d buy it…great

    luo says:
  • well done! Now the speakers in a underground-look.

    tish says:
  • Pretty sure mile end is on the district line as well

    Miserabledrunktwat says:
  • I’ve ridden a lot of that…..circuitry!

    Neil says:
  • But what’s the point, given that it clearly doesn’t function? Erm, oh, it’s “Design” is it?

    Travis says:
  • Thing is: It does function. It’s a working radio.

    Jonas says:
  • Jonas: Nope, it can’t. All the copper on the board is shorted together. It’s especially visible in the second-to-last photo.

    Daniel says:
  • Not quite all of it, look closer.

    Gef says:
  • Yup, it’s definitely not all shorted together. It’s especially visible in the second-to-last photo. =P

    Evan says:
  • Neil/Daniel – it works, I’ve seen (and heard) it on display at the Design Museum in London Don’t be so hasty to judge things based on a photograph! Objects are designed to be EXPERIENCED not simply viewed on a computer screen

    Dave says:
  • Nice film about it here as well: https://vimeo.com/album/2067663/video/48937359

    Dave says:
  • It would be cool for it to play the reworded version of the Jam’s Going Underground :-


    karl h says:
  • Clever for sure, but someone has
    way too much spare time. Did anyone run DRC on layer 1?

    Ted says:

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