On the Subject of North Pointers

I’m always disappointed when a transit map uses a boring, generic north pointer (when they use them; many diagrammatic maps eschew the use of a north pointer). I see them as an opportunity to craft something that matches and enhances the look and mood of the map: a tiny element that helps bring the whole piece together.

Here’s a selection of some of the best and worst pointers from maps that have been featured on Transit Maps to date. How many can you identify?