What happens when an icon design is changed? In some cases, public outrage. Recent amendments to the London Tube Map relay a desire to simplify route readings. In this fare zones and, gasp, the River Thames were removed. How could they delete that flowing symbol of London? After the internet was “set ablaze” order was restored, but as Ian Baldwin notes in his essay Mind the Map: Places on Design Observer there’s more to the connection of tube and river in design than this last moment in London Transport History. A fascinating read. Check it here.
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