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While I understand your dislike of loops, I would like to point out that they can perform a useful function in allowing people to transfer between radial lines without everyone having to go to a crowded (and potentially farther) centre city interchange.


I'm not impressd by Parisian map. He hinted at suburban lines(as my "beloved" H line to Persan-Beaumont), but completely bypassed the RER lines.

RER, especially its interior part, is bread & butter for Parisian transit. If I want to go from Gare Du Nord to Chatelet, taking the M4 would be a huge mistake, as RER B(or D) is far more efficient.

May be a nice map, but it's lying by omission.


Agreed. The maps are beautiful but the choice made to portrait suburban rail lines in shaded - "ghostly" - colors in Paris, Berlin and to a lesser extent London is detrimental to the usefulness of his maps. It degrades these suburban services to a secondary role, misrepresent their importance to the point that Paris's tramlines looks of greater importance than its RER and Transilien networks.

I know it was not your point to talk about the quality of his maps but since I have been introduced to them, I cannot get past that point. I would rather see them without any station names as it would then easily allow us to loose ourselves in to the rectified structures of those networks; letting merge new and unperceived patterns.

Instead I cannot help myself to try to plan a trip and feel cheated by all the misrepresentations.


When I first looked at these, what ended up really bothering me was that they really don't accurately represent the geography of the systems. The ends of lines are brought in way closer than they actually are, and often go in directions that are not even close the to the same. For example, on the Shanghai map, he has line 13(pink) going north off of line 4(a loop around the the main part of the city, the grid is now being filled in), when in fact it goes west. Even worse, he has line 16 heading the OPPOSITE direction, making it look like it is in inner Pudong when in fact it goes to the far eastern edge of the city.


These maps do a good job of showing the internal relationship of stations within the self-contained environment of a heavy rail system. But they don't tell you very much about where the stations are within the city. This kind of graphic wouldn't work for most (non-BRT) bus systems. Bus passengers are--for better and for worse--much more connected to the city itself. Bus passengers rely on city street networks and landmarks to navigate.

Miles Bader

His Tokyo map is quite bad, he has omitted stations and arranged stuff quite differently than people expect, apparently just to make his map pretty.

I'm not talking about "geographical accuracy—obviously almost no Tokyo rail maps are anywhere near geographically accurate, and there's tons of variation between the layouts used by existing maps. However there are limits, and various large-scale patterns that people expect, and rely on to orient themselves. For instance, if there are various major stations that people think of as being in "the west", you shouldn't move half of them to "the south" if you expect people to be able to use your map. This is particularly true of a map as complicated as Tokyo.

All in all, I don't get any sense that he really has much skill at map-making; rather he seems like a designer who's main goal is to make attractive images, and isn't terribly concerned with functionality. Nothing wrong with that of course, but I wish people would be more careful about advocating the actual use of his maps.

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