05 December 2005

Rethinking the London underground map

Oskar Karlin, a student at Stockholm University, decided to redesign the famous London Underground map -- with an interesting twist: time.

He explains his thought process:

"I started thinking; what's different in the world now than when the map was designed? One thing that's different today is time. No one has any time left any more. Time is money. Time is everything and so on.

Today you never tell anyone how far away in miles you live, but in minutes, or perhaps hours if you're unlucky. So I decided to create a re-design based on time instead of distance (normal maps) or simplicity (tube maps). By combining geographically accuracy with simplicity and time, I started out with measuring the time it takes to travel between each station in the whole system..."

Oskar shares more of his thinking process here.

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