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“How To” Escalator: A Smart Traffic Control Proposition for the Busy London Underground

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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There are few things more frustrating in London than getting on the busy Underground at rush hour… and perhaps the most annoying aspect is getting stuck behind the hoards of tourists heading to Harrods or Heathrow. For any newcomer to London, the novelty of the Underground quickly wears off, and you’re just happy to get out of the cramped, armpit filled train they call “the Tube.” What frequently causes this annoyance? It’s not always the size of the crowd, but how it moves. Only a select few in London seem to know which side of the escalator, walkway or even pavement is the fast lane. It’s not uncommon to be stuck behind 5 giggling, shopping bag toting tourists standing on the left of the escalator for example… and there’s nothing worse than that when you’re on the way to work (my sincerest apologies for the month it took me to figure these things out!). What’s the solution? [Read more...]

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The “LowLine”– New York’s Proposed Underground Park

Sunday 02.26.2012 , Posted by


How do you transform a 60-yr old underground Trolley Terminal into an underground park complete with growing vegetation?
Dan Barasch and James Ramsey want to use fiber optic cables to reflect surface sunlight underground. The result will be a first ever of its kind park lying under Delancey street, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. [Read more...]

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US Interstate Highways as a Subway Map

Friday 02.10.2012 , Posted by

As for useful readability, there are few examples that do it better than the iconic London Underground Map. Instead of placing stations in there actual location, or depicting the real path of underground trains, the maps simply cuts to the chase illustrating where people need to connect to their next train. Designer Cameron Booth has recently updated his wonderful US Interstate Highway map which uses the same smart design language to create a highly attractive and useful map. [Read more...]

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Typographical Throw-down in Underground Rap

Friday 11.25.2011 , Posted by

We’ve got a new love for Italian rapper Mecna and his video for the hard-hitting song Super. It features a full on typographical throw-down of italian lyrics, rendered in flashes of the lyrics in white font over the underground wandering artist. If you’re wondering, the instrumental track is Ratatat’s, Loud Pipes and you can find a free download of Mecna’s version at mecnamusic.com. Anyone want to try identifying all the beautiful fonts here? [Read more...]

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The Morphing Map Of The London Underground

Tuesday 05.03.2011 , Posted by

The London Underground map has gone through some changes over the years, and the good people over at Fourthway, in the United Kingdom, have taken an engaging look at the differences between three different depictions of the London tube system. To show these differences, they decided to visualize the maps into a supremely clean and streamlined morphing animation. [Read more...]

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The Stockholm Subway Takes Art Underground

Saturday 02.12.2011 , Posted by


Considered one of the most beautiful metro’s in Europe, the Stockholm subway system is filled with eye popping art and bright colors… a perfect cure for the proverbial Stockholm Syndrome. Each stop presents riders with a different visual feast as if they have been transported to a new magical underworld.

The metro has 100 stations of which 47 are underground. Construction of the large system began in 1941 with the last station opening in 1994. Some of the cavernous interiors where left with crude bedrock exposed, others have been tiled or even embedded with Romanesque statues. If you’ve ever visited this colorful underground land, the envious crew here at Visual News would love to hear about it!
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