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:
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?
- Jeremy Jansen’s graphic design work bridges concept and coherency
- Michael Craig-Martin: a cool, clean and colourful riot of everyday objects
- Anatoly Grashchenko's randomly generated posters for a Moscow theatre
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Bobby Doherty’s vivid and humorous still-life photography
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Why “cool” stunts creativity: one agency offers its opinion
- Fresh, vibrant poster work from South Korean designer Soojin Lee
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs