Now this is taking the idea of London’s famous ‘Tube‘ quite literally: Kyle Bean, designer, model maker and all around advertising re-thinker has created the London metro map using colored drinking straws. His map uses the colorful tubes in a playful, elementary school craft-time like fashion, which when finished appears completely to scale and quite grown up… that’s because he’s built the design over a large poster of the actual map. His final design, lacking the station labels needed to navigate the system, is still highly recognizable for what it is, a truly iconic design tribute.
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Kyle Bean has been producing exceptionally crafty models for quite some time now. Many of his designs have been featured in high profile print advertising, with clients as varied as Wallpaper*, Scientific American and Louis Vuitton. His recently completed child’s toy like iPhone model, called App, features at the bottom of this post and on the cover of the December issue of Computer Arts magazine. For more of his growing portfolio, see kylebean.co.uk.