Saturday, 19 January 2013

Map Man

As a self-confessed map-lover, I was delighted to see that a programme named 'Map Man' was available on BBC iplayer.

The episode I have watched was the third in the series, and was all about the London Underground map designed by Harry Beck.

His ability to simplify lots of information into an easy to read form has meant that Harry Beck's London Underground map has gone down in history as one of the greatest map designs.

The presenter, Nicholas Crane, adds his own line to the map, and in doing so, we are introduced to some of the challenges faced when making additions to the map. He also examines Beck's use of colour on the map.

It's well worth watching.

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