Communication Design, BFA
The approach for this map was to create a schematic based diagram without removing all elements of geography. The utmost importance was placed on clarity and user-friendliness. The map eliminates any confusion in the users travel. They should be able to see exactly where a train stops and where it doesn’t as well as easily differentiate between local and express trains. This map follows the trunk line system but shows the viewer exactly which train stops at every station. The express trains are differentiated from the local by being shown in white with just a band of their respective color. This system allows users to accurately plan out their journey. The map was also designed to be read quickly and efficiently. The content was all carefully arranged and typeset to decrease the amount of visual noise. Even the lines are curved meticulously in order to create a harmonious design that doesn’t deter the user from wanting to use it. This map is friendly and approachable. This map is an improvement over the current MTA map because graphic systems and rules have been created in order to make many aspects of the map more immediate to the viewer. The type is easier to read and transfers can be seen directly on the line, as opposed to the current map, which shows transfers underneath the station name. Overall, it requires less work from the viewer to figure which trains to take in order to get to their desired destination.