November 20, 2017

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Chengyu Liu

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220 Metro Maps Simplified

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Think back to the last time you viewed a map of the metro system. Are you ever confused by all of the different lines and text? A designer, Peter Dovak, feels the same as you and has created a project called Mini Metros. He simplified 220 international cities’ maps of …

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Think back to the last time you viewed a map of the metro system. Are you ever confused by all of the different lines and text? A designer, Peter Dovak, feels the same as you and has created a project called Mini Metros. He simplified 220 international cities’ maps of their transit system.

His very simple icons were inspired by the navigating menus meant for apps for an iPhone. They look easy and simple, but they are actually really hard to do, mainly because he wanted all of his little maps to follow his rules. What are his rules? They had to fit in a 120px circle or at a 45-degree angle.

They are like abstract line art. All of the lines are in very interesting shapes. Regardless of whether there is just one line or ten, they all create interesting movement throughout his composition.

After all, they aren’t just maps of the transit system.

Below, I picked some maps from this project that I thought were amazing. If you are interested, you can check out his website.

Seoul:

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Tokyo:

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Paris:

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Shanghai:

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New York City:

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London:

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All iamges ©2017 Peter Dovak

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