Underground Map

Harry Beck was an engineering draftsman. In a spare time project Beck redesigned the London underground map, published in 1933. Formerly the maps were based on road maps with marked stations. Much of help was his experience with electrical diagrams.

  • connections are important for the map and not geographical information, which would distract tracking lines of the underground and marked stations
  • for simplicity and in analogy to electrical diagrams Beck used only horizontal, vertical and 45 degree angle lines, therewith lines are easier to follow

map of the London underground from 1908

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