NYC gets fatter, browner, and drop shadow-ier.

June 13, 2010 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

As most New Yorkers already know, the MTA is changing up a bunch of service this month. This is resulting in some annoying rerouting for commuters but also a snazzy new subway map. The major changes include a wider (less geographically accurate) Manhattan, the replacement of green parks with olive-brown parks, drop shadows on the subway lines, Staten Island being reduced to an inset, and no more summary of service in the lower right. Comments about a wider Manhattan relating to the American obesity problem have already started, as have complaints about Central Park looking more like a sandbox than a park. I haven’t been to Staten Island recently, but I have a hunch some of them may not be too pleased either.

For a full look at the new map plus past MTA maps, check out this NY Times article announcing the newest one. The new service has also resulted in 2 dropped lines (the W and V trains), and the switching of the M train from brown to orange. As my friend Andrew noticed, this means that the 14th street station at 6th ave now has a sign for the F M L trains. If these initials aren’t funny to you, it’s up to you to Google it.

June 13’s daily design idea is studies in usability are not the same as studies in user experience. Infographics are intended to be practical, so make sure to have some common sense when designing them.

Photo Credits
Left: newly installed NYC subway map, photo by Gisela Garrett.
Right: sign at the F and M (formerly F and V) 14th street station, photo by Andrew Janet.

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