Oh dear lord, someone has just solved every problem we’ve ever had with the London Tube map. Belgrade-born, Paris-based architect Jug Cerović has totally re-designed our not-so-beloved map, making it a helluva lot more easy to follow. (Tourists rejoice heartily).
The Tube, the entire London Rail network, Thames river boat services and the Emirates Air Line are all incorporated together on one map but in a clean, refreshing and aesthetically-pleasing way. The clever architect has used bold colours for the inner city Tube lines and pastel tones for the National Rail network, making it a lot easier to detangle the two. (Croydon rejoice heartily)!
The rounded lines are also a lot nicer than the angular ones used on the current map, proving that curvy = better in every way. Jug Cerović says he designs his maps by studying the size of the city, its shape, street layout and historical development in order to understand it better. He then goes through the same analytical process with the metro network, before graphically detailing every line, positioning of the stations and symbols, to ensure that it is both easy to navigate and memorise. What a clever chappie.
Big thumbs up for this new design – it’s almost as good as the London Punderground map.