Harry Sydney’s rail network was depicted in Beck’s style

Harry Beck’s map designing wasn’t limited to London, in 1951
he proposed a design for the Paris metro, similar to that of the London underground.
The Paris Metro map was quite messy, with the names printed over the lines,
making it difficult to read. Beck saw that there was a need for clarity but Paris
did not accept the simplified design and kept to their map. (Sinclair,
2009).  However, other countries were
more open to Beck’s map and many rail services across the world have used his design
rules as a basis for their own maps The First example of this was in 1939 when
Sydney’s rail network was depicted in Beck’s style on an identical sized pocket
map that even used the roundel design on the cover.  New York 1958, Moscow and Osaka: 1970, St
Petersburg: 1971, Munich and Tokyo: 1972, Melbourne, Montreal and Glasgow:
1976. (Aitkin) have used the 45-degree angle and the perpendicular right angles
that Beck brought into use in 1933, so his influence has gone around the world.
New York attempt in 1972, Massimo Vignelli used all the Beck principles –
45-degree angles, horizontal and vertical lines for every line, but, strangely,
after a few years, the New Yorkers rejected it. New Yorkers couldn’t handle
Beck. In the last couple of years even Paris have come up with this new
version, which has used the Beck principles. You have the 45-degree angles,
clear markers all the way through. None of the station names clash over the top
of the lines and all the lines are horizontal or vertical, and it is a much
easier map to use. The most interesting one is Moscow, where they tried to
emphasise the central area, on the edges of town, they’ve used what’s been
called “beading” of the stations. They’ve replaced the lines between
the stations with dots – people presumably know where they are if they live in
the suburbs, but for tourists, this central area has been blown up and it’s
clearer to use. It’s perfectly balanced. (Ovenden)

There are now about 160 underground systems around the world
and almost all of them use a diagrammatic map, copied or adapted from the
London system. The uses of colour coding, clear interchanges and lettering are
all now standard practice. It’s used by road, rail and air networks, too.
(design classics) The enduring appeal of the design also allowed it to be
applied to other, non-transport contexts…

We Will Write a Custom Essay Specifically
For You For Only $13.90/page!


order now