Don’t you hate it when your mate has a massive party the night before your birthday, and everyone’s too hungover to come to yours?
Well, among the 150th birthday celebrations for the London Underground, let’s spare a moment for the tube map, which turns a sprightly eighty this January.
It was designed by Harry Beck, an engineering draftsman who based the map on a circuit board. He made the map easier to navigate by taking a few geographical liberties; spacing out the central London stations to make them easy to see, while condensing stations towards the end of each line. To create a more streamlined appearance he made all lines either vertical, horizontal or at a 45 degree angle and inserted only one landmark, the river Thames. Beck’s iconic design went on to inspire the style of transport maps in many other cities around the world.
Just so it knows that we’ve not forgotten its birthday, here are our favourite posts where we pay homage to the tube map. Jude Brosnan
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