The “Transit Maps” blog is Three Today!

Wow! It seems like just yesterday that I made my first post on this blog, yet here we are three years down the road already!

Thanks to each and every follower — over 23,000 here on Tumblr*, 1,985 on Twitter, and 716 on my Facebook Page — I really couldn’t have lasted this long without your likes, retweets, reblogs, questions and submissions. (Click on the last two links to ask and submit more!)

A focus for the upcoming year will definitely be to be more responsive to questions and submissions: my inbox is way too full with stuff that’s way too old — and that’s frustrating for both me and for the people who take the time to submit things to me.

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(* A frankly ludicrous number that I don’t believe reflects my true number of followers in any way.)

I’ve had a few requests for a tutorial on how I drew the complex highway interchanges on my McKinney Avenue map. Stay tuned: it’s coming, but it’ll take me a while to reverse-engineer the artwork to show the steps involved.

macroluv Asked
QuestionJust noticed this map or Mckinney Ave for the Trolley in Dallas. Y'all aren't Tx based are you? Answer

No, I’m not, but that doesn’t stop me in my quest to make a better map! I’m actually based in Portland, Oregon — my home for the last seven years since moving to the U.S. from Sydney, Australia (my home town).

QuestionI don't think you've ever reviewed the actual tube map. Is there a reason for this? Answer

It’s true – I haven’t reviewed the current official Tube map, although I’ve had plenty to say about various historical and unofficial versions of it.

When it comes down to it, I just don’t feel I have much to add to the conversation – it’s one of the most well-known and written about transit maps in the world and I think pretty much everything has been said already. Basically, all I can say is “it’s not as good as it used to be” and give it three stars or something, which hardly seems useful. I think I’d rather focus on its evolution and place in transit map history.

I’m Cameron and this is the Transit Maps blog, showcasing maps from around the world that help us get from Point A to Point B. From the past, present and future, real or imagined, they’re all here.

With over 1,000 blog entries, it can be a little daunting to find what you want, so I suggest that you visit the Tags page. I try to tag every post as meticulously as possible, so using them is the smart way to find something interesting. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, just randomise!

I also keep an FAQ about the site and questions that I get asked frequently. If you’re interested in making transit maps, then my tutorial tag is a great place to start. You can also ask me transit map-related questions here, or submit maps or links for my review/consideration here.

Transit maps that I have personally created – including my acclaimed “Highways of the USA” series – can be found on my personal design blog.

If you like what you see on the site, then reblogs, likes and retweets are greatly appreciated: reblogs and retweets help to increase the visibility of Transit Maps on the internet, so that more people can come and enjoy what I post. You can follow me on Twitter here.

All the best, and thanks for stopping by!


1,000 Posts on Transit Maps!
From humble beginnings in back in October 2011, to the amazing community that Transit Maps has become. Thanks to each and every one of you for following this blog and contributing maps, ideas and support. I really couldn’t do it without you. Here’s to another 1,000 posts!

1,000 Posts on Transit Maps!

From humble beginnings in back in October 2011, to the amazing community that Transit Maps has become. Thanks to each and every one of you for following this blog and contributing maps, ideas and support. I really couldn’t do it without you. Here’s to another 1,000 posts!

QuestionHow do you use Adobe Illustrator to design these transit maps?! It looks pretty cool and I want to learn how to! Answer

It is cool! (At least, I think it is!)

I wrote a general article about making transit maps on my own design blog back in 2011, and I also offer a lot of tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years here on the blog. The rest is just trial and error, ha!

And the obligatory reminder to check out the FAQ for answers to this question and more!

Anonymous Asked
QuestionDo you know of transit maps for systems that include ferries that are particularly effective (or ineffective)? Answer

Check it out for yourself, and see what you think of these:

QuestionI am an undergraduate student in Connecticut who has dreamed of pursuing a career in the transportation industry since I was in elementary school. I am most interested in developing intelligent transport system software and I passionate about maps in general because they help us software developers understand the trends of urbanization, routes, and much more to aid our development. I was wondering how did you develop such a knowledge on transit maps? What is your education background? Answer

My education is purely graphic design-based, having completed an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts (Graphic Design) some twenty-odd years ago in Sydney, Australia.

As a designer, I’ve always had an interest in wayfinding and transit maps as a subset of graphic design, but my real love of it developed out of a trip to London in 1997, where I was first exposed to the Tube and its famous Diagram. I bought two books from the London Transport Museum – “Mr. Beck’s Diagram”, and the superb “Designed for London” (all about the remarkably forward-thinking and unified graphic design and branding he Underground has enjoyed over its 150 year history) – and haven’t looked back since.

My interest in transit maps has grown over the years, and I’ve applied my own thinking and design experience to creating my own maps, many of which can be found on my personal design blog. The Transit Maps blog actually began as a personal design exercise: analysing transit maps  from around the world so I could make better maps – finding out what worked and what didn’t, as well as placing maps into a proper historical perspective. It’s grown into something much bigger since then, but that what was started it.

Working as a senior graphic designer for a large multi-national engineering and design firm certainly helps my perspective as well. I’m working with the people who help create the transit systems that the maps represent: seeing the huge amount of planning, work and effort that goes into even something as apparently simple as a short extension of a light rail system is certainly eye-opening. 

QuestionYour San Antonio map is mislabeled and your choice of US 181 over roads like US 281, I-35, US 90 is odd.. Is it just a proof of concept?? The road that travels from NE to SW is I-35, not I-37. i-37 travels southeast from downtown. Answer

I presume you’re talking about this photo of my Highways of the USA project? The labels are fine: you’re just misinterpreting them.

I-37 and US 181 are labelled because they end in San Antonio. All the other roads you mention pass through on their way somewhere else — they only get a label at their beginning and end, not anywhere inbetween. US 90 is the dark green route, I-10 is yellow, I-35 is purple. I-37 is the dark grey line (note that it matches the colour of its label) that heads southeast, as you’d expect it to.