I'm visiting Milan, flying in to Malpensa Airport and will be staying at the Lancaster Hotel, Via Abbondio Sangiorgio, and want to know if there's a convenient way to get there (or thereabouts) by train from the airport?
There are over 40 trains a day from the airport to Milano Cadorna station, which is just under a mile from your hotel (including a pleasant stroll through the delightful Parco Sempione if you like). Some trains are direct, others stop at intermediate stations. Make sure you’re going to Cadorna, not Centrale, which is much further away from your part of town.
Just a reminder that I’m really not your best source of information for making travel plans — there are better places on the Internet to get that sort of thing! Airports are normally pretty good at letting you know how to get to/from them.
Submission - Maps of the limited accessibility of public transport
you might find this interesting: we’ve recently released a project about the limited accessibility of public transport (subway + commuter trains) in New York, London and Hamburg. The results are maps with an interactive slider that let you explore how thinned out the transportation network get’s when you’re handicapped e.g.
The depiction of physical accessibility on transit maps of is something I’ve touched on before — see this great 2007 map of the London Underground with all the inaccessible stations removed (Nov. 2011, 5 stars) — but this is a fantastic and intuitive way to show the difference between all stations and only the accessible ones.
You should definitely click through to the full blog entry about this project and see the full interactive maps that have been created for New York, Hamburg and London. If you’ve been inspired, they also give ideas and instructions on how to create a similar map for the transit in your city.
In your opinion, which official North American transit map is in the most need of a redesign?
I think I’ve made my absolute disdain of the Salt Lake City UTA TRAX/FrontRunner map pretty clear; Denver’s rail map is also pretty bad, and will need a complete overhaul soon when all the new FasTracks projects open — light rail along I-225, commuter rail to all points north, BRT along US 36 to Boulder.
Submission - Tutorial: Changing the Background Colour of a Text Box
Graphic Fix: Change Background Color of Text Box in Illustrator
Problem: My Kentucky Ave label overlaps with objects below it, resulting in a cluttered appearance. Turns out, there is a super easy fix for something like this!
1.Create the Area Text (text box). 2. Select the Area Text with the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow). 3. In the Appearance panel select desired background fill color and adjust Transparency to your heart’s content. Your labels should now look like the Western Ave label on the picture. 4. With the text frame selected, drag and drop the new Fill onto the Graphic Styles panel to re-use it later.
Transit Maps says:
This is a great tip for people who use Area Text in Illustrator — that is, dragging out a text box for type to fit into, rather than just clicking once to use Point Type. The crux of this tip is using the Direct Selection tool to select the text frame only, otherwise Illustrator wants to apply the fill to the type contained within it. Silly old Illustrator!
If you’re like me, and you don’t like to use the Area Type tool, you can always position a new frame beneath your type and apply the required fill/transparency to that instead.
An alternative way to separate your type from an object that it overlaps would be to apply a stroke to your text, which I covered in this post back in November.
Do you have any interest in designing a transit / system map and timetable? I'm a aware of a couple of small transit systems in the US who are looking for system map / timetable revisions. Fresh ideas are welcome.
I’m certainly interested in an initial discussion, although I’d have to work around my full-time job. Perhaps contact me via another channel than an anonymous message: emailing me at cam-at-cambooth-dot-net would work best.
If I had to pick some favourites, I’d probably have to go with DIN, Frutiger, Myriad Pro (if only for the variety of widths it comes in), FF Meta (in its lighter weights) and Source Sans Pro, an open-source, free-to-use typeface from Adobe. Helvetica, although much-used, actually has some legibility issues at smaller sizes that make it somewhat unsuited for this use.
In general, the best typefaces for transit maps and wayfinding are clear and legible, with good differentiation between similar characters. A good test is to see if “1”, “l” and “I” look different to each other (that’s a numeral “one”, a lower-case “L” and a capital “i”, if you can’t tell them apart).