Thursday, July 11, 2013
Bill Bryson’s thoughts on the London Underground Map.(from Notes from a Small Island)

"What a piece of perfection it is, created in 1931 by a forgotten hero named Harry Beck, an out-of-work draughtsman who realized that when you are under ground it doesn’t matter where you are. Beck saw — and what an intuitive stroke this was — that as long as the stations were presented in their right sequence with their interchanges clearly delineated, he could freely distort scale, indeed abandon it altogether. He gave his map the orderly precision of an electrical wiring system, and in so doing created an entirely new, imaginary London that has very little to do with the disorderly geography of the city above.”

Image: Transport for London

Bill Bryson’s thoughts on the London Underground Map.(from Notes from a Small Island)

"What a piece of perfection it is, created in 1931 by a forgotten hero named Harry Beck, an out-of-work draughtsman who realized that when you are under ground it doesn’t matter where you are. Beck saw — and what an intuitive stroke this was — that as long as the stations were presented in their right sequence with their interchanges clearly delineated, he could freely distort scale, indeed abandon it altogether. He gave his map the orderly precision of an electrical wiring system, and in so doing created an entirely new, imaginary London that has very little to do with the disorderly geography of the city above.”

Image: Transport for London

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