Vignelli NYC Subway Map - Street Grid

An image from Massimo Vignelli’s recent talk at the New York Transit Museum about the development of his (in)famous diagram. The chance to hear Vignelli talk about his work really makes me wish that I lived in New York.

Anyway, I find this image particularly interesting because it shows the underlying grid of streets and avenues that was used to place the route lines accurately. Although the map we see here appears to be the 2008 revision (which then evolved into “Weekender” map), you can be certain that the original 1970s version was based on a similarly exacting grid: order and structure in design is what Massimo Vignelli is famous for, after all.

(Source: *Bitch Cakes*/Flickr)

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    WOAH Massimo Vignelli was at the Transit Museum AND I MISSED IT?! (Apparently it was last September, but still!)
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