Every Londoner knows that it’s quicker to walk from Covent Garden to Leicester Square than to tube it and yet, collectively, we rely on maps and devices that give us “abstracted projections of the real world’s spatial arrangement.” What interactive designers Bertrand Clerc and Benedikt Groß have accomplished is to realign our distorted idea of distance by fixing the topology of London to the rationalised map designed by Harry Beck. Metrography is an explorable, fascinating subversion of our acceptance for such things, no matter how unnavigable it is.
Here’s a nice digital insight into the net grid of the map as it conforms to its new shape found on Benedikt Groß’ site:
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