New York City Subway.  I redesign the subway map every few years as my side project.  It’s the hardest project I’ve ever undertaken.

New York City Subway.  I redesign the subway map every few years as my side project.  It’s the hardest project I’ve ever undertaken.

posted : Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

tags : nyc nycsubway subway_map transit mta

New Jersey Transit.  This map was commissioned by an phone app developer, hence its unusual style.  It’ll make me a few bucks every now and then.

New Jersey Transit.  This map was commissioned by an phone app developer, hence its unusual style.  It’ll make me a few bucks every now and then.

posted : Thursday, June 13th, 2013

tags : njtransit newjersey garden_state subwaymaps commuter_rail

City of Los Angeles.  This is the result of an abortive project to map the Los Angeles freeway system Tube-style, but between my new job and my writing projects, I just haven’t had the time.  I think I’ll just write it off as High Art.

City of Los Angeles.  This is the result of an abortive project to map the Los Angeles freeway system Tube-style, but between my new job and my writing projects, I just haven’t had the time.  I think I’ll just write it off as High Art.

posted : Monday, December 31st, 2012

tags : los_angeles freeways high_art tube_map abortive_projects i_should_start_making_posters

Davis, California. The basic point of the Tube-style diagram is to simplify everything down to its most basic: how do I get from point A to point B?  This includes drawing maps of places like Davis, a small college town in California with a small bus system operated by the college’s students.

Davis, California. The basic point of the Tube-style diagram is to simplify everything down to its most basic: how do I get from point A to point B?  This includes drawing maps of places like Davis, a small college town in California with a small bus system operated by the college’s students.

posted : Saturday, May 7th, 2011

tags : unitrans bus davis california uc_davis middle_class_in_the_middle_of_nowhere map the_future

New York Subway.  This is my suggestion for what to do with the New York subway map.  The current MTA map simultaneously gives too much information (i.e., the street grid) and too little, because the map provides no service information.

New York Subway.  This is my suggestion for what to do with the New York subway map.  The current MTA map simultaneously gives too much information (i.e., the street grid) and too little, because the map provides no service information.

posted : Monday, January 10th, 2011

tags : vignelli new_york subway_map subway not_the_future commuter_rail bridge_and_tunnel_crowd

The East Bay 2030.  The second of three detailed maps of my brilliant plan to revolutionize how the Bay Area gets around.

The East Bay 2030.  The second of three detailed maps of my brilliant plan to revolutionize how the Bay Area gets around.

posted : Saturday, November 27th, 2010

tags : bart bay_area jake_s_brilliant_plan caltrain the_future oakland san_francisco san_jose mass_transit

How not to design a diagram.  This thing fails miserably at answering the one question it’s designed to answer: “Where can I fly on Frontier Airlines?”  It gives you lots of information that doesn’t matter (geography) and displays the important information (what routes they fly) poorly.  Just try figuring out whether you can fly from Denver to Columbus non-stop. I dare you.

How not to design a diagram.  This thing fails miserably at answering the one question it’s designed to answer: “Where can I fly on Frontier Airlines?”  It gives you lots of information that doesn’t matter (geography) and displays the important information (what routes they fly) poorly.  Just try figuring out whether you can fly from Denver to Columbus non-stop. I dare you.

posted : Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

tags : maps stupid_maps bad_design frontier_airlines

Los Angeles 2020.  Since my last map of Los Angeles was  posted, LA Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles MTA have decided to  accelerate their subway construction timetable.  A lot.  For comparison,  this  is what the system looks like now. By 2020, LA should have the  second-largest subway system in the U.S., after New York.

Los Angeles 2020.  Since my last map of Los Angeles was posted, LA Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles MTA have decided to accelerate their subway construction timetable.  A lot.  For comparison, this is what the system looks like now. By 2020, LA should have the second-largest subway system in the U.S., after New York.

posted : Sunday, May 16th, 2010

tags : los_angeles lacmta la_metro map the_future why_did_they_ever_get_rid_of_the_pacific_electric

San Francisco Bay Area 2030. The companion rapid transit diagram of the Bay Area, matching my map of the City of San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Area 2030. The companion rapid transit diagram of the Bay Area, matching my map of the City of San Francisco.

posted : Thursday, April 15th, 2010

tags : bart bay_area jake_s_brilliant_plan caltrain the_future oakland san_francisco san_jose mass_transit

City of San Francisco 2030.  This map is the outgrowth of a college project to design a proper mass transit system for the Bay Area.

City of San Francisco 2030.  This map is the outgrowth of a college project to design a proper mass transit system for the Bay Area.

posted : Thursday, April 15th, 2010

tags : bart bay_area jake_s_brilliant_plan caltrain the_future oakland san_francisco san_jose mass_transit

Greater New York. New York has no fewer than four different commuter rail agencies, none of which is willing to share maps.

Greater New York. New York has no fewer than four different commuter rail agencies, none of which is willing to share maps.

posted : Sunday, January 31st, 2010

tags : vignelli new_york subway_map subway not_the_future commuter_rail bridge_and_tunnel_crowd

Detroit. This map that I produced for the City of Detroit’s light-rail project.  Phase I is projected to open 2011; Phase II is slated for 2013.

Detroit. This map that I produced for the City of Detroit’s light-rail project.  Phase I is projected to open 2011; Phase II is slated for 2013.

posted : Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

tags : detroit m_1_rail light_rail map the_future

Bay Area 2009. With the BART system cut down to half-size, the Southern Pacific commuter trains survived into the modern day as the CalTrain commuter service. Soon, CalTrain will be upgraded into a four-track rapid transit line, and Marin is getting its own commuter service, SMART.  50 years late, but better late than never.

Bay Area 2009. With the BART system cut down to half-size, the Southern Pacific commuter trains survived into the modern day as the CalTrain commuter service. Soon, CalTrain will be upgraded into a four-track rapid transit line, and Marin is getting its own commuter service, SMART.  50 years late, but better late than never.

posted : Sunday, July 26th, 2009

tags : bart muni bay_area san_francisco oakland san_jose map retro missed_opportunities

BART 1961 Plan. One of the little-known things about the original BART system is that it was only half-built.  In the early 1960s, San Mateo and Marin both pulled out of the BART district: Marin because the Golden Gate Bridge directors didn’t think the Bridge would carry a pair of tracks, and San Mateo because local merchants were afraid of losing shoppers to San Francisco.

BART 1961 Plan. One of the little-known things about the original BART system is that it was only half-built.  In the early 1960s, San Mateo and Marin both pulled out of the BART district: Marin because the Golden Gate Bridge directors didn’t think the Bridge would carry a pair of tracks, and San Mateo because local merchants were afraid of losing shoppers to San Francisco.

posted : Sunday, July 26th, 2009

tags : bart muni bay_area san_francisco oakland san_jose map retro missed_opportunities