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Going ’round in circles: a new tube map design proposal

Posted at 8:00 am, January 30, 2013 in Transport

Max Robert's circular tube map

It’s been 80 years since Harry Beck’s angular tube map was released to the public. However, some folks are finding the beacon of London transport a bit behind the times and don’t believe in the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Many have tried to ‘de-clutter’ and redesign the map, relying heavily on curvy lines and even more geographical displacement than Beck’s original revolutionary idea. The newest proposed graphic from Max Roberts features a series of concentric circles and, impressively, a London Underground Roundel in the centre. Though it may be time for the map to have a bit of a spruce, we’re not sure such a radical change will do commuters or bewildered tourists any favours. But, it’s not up to us. Roberts is welcoming any and all comments you have on his designs so head over to flickr now and let him know what you think. Carly-Ann Clements

For a full sized version, see flickr.com.

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