When the MTA created a new subway map in the 1970s, they hoped that it would make navigating the New York subway system easier, but New Yorkers hated, even though its design was lauded as being beautiful and admirable for creating something beautiful for the public space. However, New Yorkers hated it and it was pulled after 6 years for a “worse” map that was filled with other map elements and natural geography. Here at Rouges, we love great design (have you seen our website?) and we love this map but it’s really interesting why this subway map failed. In contrast, the Seattle Sound Transit map, which must show both the light rail routes and several bus lines follows the stripped down style that failed in New york. 

In contrast, the Seattle Sound Transit map, which must show both the light rail routes and several bus lines follows the stripped down style that failed in New York. Popular blogs here in the city tend to use the smoothed out style to show how transit will grow in the region over the next few decades. 

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