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Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Media, Visualisation | 0 comments

NikeFuel Map

NikeFuel Map

Here is an extract of a map I co-created with Ollie O’Brien as part of a project to produce a “walkable London Tube map” for Nike to promote their FuelBand personal movement tracker. It shows the walking routes and distances between Tube stations in addition to the NikeFuel points you could earn along the journeys. In conjunction with UCL Urbanist John Bingham-Hall who personally walked between stations to calculated the NikeFuel points and designer David Luepschenthe the final map was produced. Lines of glowing green dots lead along the routes, past stylised illustrations of iconic landmarks (that you don’t get to see if you are on the tube). We used Ordnance Survey Open Data for the base map. It’s great to see the finished printed product, which can be picked up for free at any of the four Zone 1 Nike stores in London (which are, themselves, also shown on the map). The map folds up to pocket-size, so now there’s no excuse to get extra points and exercise by walking the tube. You...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Featured Maps, London, Visualisation | 1 comment

Just how far can the Tube take you?

Just how far can the Tube take you?

Transport for London have just released their performance data (link here) for the London Underground network. It is in the form of a really detailed file that contains, amongst other things, the “Peak Operated Kilometres” and “Peak Passenger Journeys” for the past 6 years or so. If you total the distances covered by the Tube rolling stock at peak times, this map shows how far they travel each day. The Central Line wins with over 13,000km – the equivalent of almost reaching Australia! In humble last place is the Waterloo and City Line that just passes Dublin with a little over 500km travelled. There are many more cool things to be done with the data, but I thought this is a neat way of showing the gargantuan task of shifting London...

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2010 in London, Visualisation | 0 comments

Harry Beck Inspired Maps

Harry Beck Inspired Maps

This past week I have come across a few original interpretations of Harry Beck’s classic London Underground Map. The Threadless clothing website has thrown up a couple. The first is of my favorites  and is a Middle Earth Metro map. The second from threadless is a map of the Metropolitan Cardiac Authority Transport Routes: Continuing the biology them I stumbled across the entire human body represented as a tube map on the Creativelabs blog. I will end on a nice visualization of the London Tube map produced by colleagues over at DigitalUrban: Second Movie of the ‘Growing’ London Underground Network from digitalurban on...

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2009 in London | 4 comments

New London Tube Map: When cartography matters

New London Tube Map: When cartography matters

It is amazing that every day we view maps and rarely think twice about the amount of information they show, or consider them abstractions of reality representing the map maker’s view of the world. This is one of the major criticisms of GIS and spatial science as many believe it is impossible to represent the world effectively, and impartially, within the confines of current map making technology. It is therefore interesting that two relatively minor changes to the London Tube Map have caused such controversy. The intention is to de-clutter the maps as the London transport network becomes more extensive. I accept that the removal of the travel zones can be misleading for people as they will struggle to judge the correct cost of their tickets. It is the removal of the River Thames, however, that has generated the most interest. The Evening Standard quotes Caroline Pidgeon of the London Assembly who is keen to see it as a political issue pointing out that removing the Thames is one...

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