Schematic maps are commonplace, not just in trains and stations, but in art galleries and souvenir shops worldwide. They have become part of popular culture, but how successfully are designers achieving their basic objectives? This book takes a look at the London Underground map and also examples of other metro maps around the world.
This beautifully produced book must, of course, be fascinating to enthusiasts of the underground and/or of cartography - but it is also a great find for the general reader. The book is very readable - Dr Roberts has an easy, elegant and witty style - and it is absolutely packed with interesting information and comment on the history, aesthetics and science of underground map-making, leaving you with plenty to think about: the psychology stuff is highly accessible.
Though this book uses the London Underground map as its main focus (many others worldwide are studied too) this is not a book about Underground maps - the real messages are far wider. The sub-title of the book 'Explorations in Information Design' is what it is really about. This exposition is just as relevant to type choice and layout (legibility and readability), signage design and configuration, and anything you can think of to do with graphic communication.
Dr. Maxwell Roberts is a psychologist of great experience, specializing in studying logic (or too often the lack of it). He penetrates deeply into questions that are seldom considered, let alone agonized over. The word 'usability' comes up time and time again. Strongly recommended.
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