British designer Mark Noad has unveiled his version of the iconic London Underground map.
He has redesigned Harry Beck’s version, created in 1931 which is still used today as the official Tube map.
This new design shows the routes and distances between stations in a more ‘geographically accurate’ way.
Although the map has not been endorsed by TfL, it is receiving positive feedback from commuters and tourists who have spotted it online.
Mark wrote on his blog last week:
“Harry Beck’s original Underground map was a brilliant piece of information design but it has not been looked after.
“I doubt if Beck would want to put his name to the current version. If he were to start from scratch today, would he have used the same approach?
“There are twice as many lines, with London Overground and the DLR moving the emphasis away from the Circle line loop. Also, the map will increasingly be viewed on screen so we are not constrained by the limitations of the printed page.
“And this is not intended as a replacement to the official version, it is simply another way to look at it. We all think differently so you can decide which fits best with your way of thinking. For the first time there is a usable alternative.”
Mark is now planning to take the new map viral by launching a new app for smart phones and developing a fully functional website.
What do you think of the map?