OK, I’ll admit it, one of my favorite things about visiting relatives and friends in the Washington DC area is getting to ride the Metro. I’m sure for those who have to commute on its trains every day, the feelings are more mixed, but I always find it the best way to get around.
One of the most memorable images for the Metro is of course its iconic map, designed by graphic designer Lance Wyman back in the 1970s (Wyman is also involved in designing the update). Now that a new line is under construction and scheduled to open in 2013, meaning realignments to parts of the existing lines, the time has come for the Metro Map to get an update to help riders navigate these changes. Metro officials are already drafting maps, but they are also looking for input from the Metro’s ridership to help them design a new updated map that gives riders the information they need. It’s the dilemma faced by every cartographer really, how to balance design with function in representing information spatially.
If you’d like to give your input on how best to update the DC Metro Map, you can take their Metrorail Map Survey.