North Pointers - Which Maps Were They From?
Not too many guesses about these, but here’s the answers, complete with a link to each relevant map. The answers run across the rows from left to right (1 to 8 on the top row, 9 to 16 on the bottom).
- Bus Map of Spokane, Washington
- Los Angeles Metro Map (with its distinctive use of the DIN typeface)
- Sao Paulo Metropolitan Transportation Network
- Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (not New York, as was guessed)
- GO Transit, Toronto and Ontario, Canada
- MARTA Rail System, Atlanta, Georgia
- Freshwater Commuter Rail, Detroit (fictional but beautifully executed!)
- Washington, DC Metro Rush+ Map
- Barcelona, Spain
- Erik Hammink’s Amsterdam Metro Map
- My own version of the Washington, DC Map (the shape echoes that of the District Diamond that features so prominently in the map itself)
- Bus Routes of Sherbrooke, Quebec (one of the best parts of this map!)
- EmX Bus Rapid Transit Map, Eugene/Springfield, Oregon
- Metro do Porto, Portugal (love this one!)
- Tram Map of Strasbourg, France (most generic north pointer ever!)
- Maryland MTA Regional Transit Map
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?