NYC’s Subway Map

This map suggests to your mind an inflexible framework of a city’s layout.  It is printed using only fluorescent red.  Usually we associate subway maps are being carefully colour coded but Triboro stripped this entire colour away when creating this singular coloured map. However in doing this it has become illegible.  “All lines of the map are forced to conform to an underlying grid of 45 and 90 degree angles, yet surprisingly, the landmass contours here are more true-to-life than on the MTA map,” Heasty explained to Steven Heller recently. “The fluorescent red colour becomes an unpredictable variable, as legibility can change completely under different lighting conditions. The neon effect can be intense and retina-burning under certain lamps, washed out and unreadable in other environments, or glow otherworldly under black-lights.”


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