- Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Books (30. Oktober 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0143112651
- ISBN-13: 978-0143112655
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 27,7 x 0,9 x 24 cm
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Transit Maps of the World: The World's First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earth (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Oktober 2007
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"Ovenden does what no other design history book has ever done. Transit Maps of the World is a must-have"
-The New York Times Book Review
"The perfect book"
-William Grimes, The New York Times
"This book is the stuff that dreams are made of"
"A fabulous collection. These maps are almost works of art, and can kindle a remembrance of a past trip or a dream of a future journey"
"Impossibly nerdy and thoroughly compelling"
-Kansas City Star
"This is the kind of book that would be incredibly fun to browse with kids as part of a world geography investigation--and also the sort of thing that makes great bedtime reading if you want to salt your dreams with the possibility of travel to distant cities. Sheer public transit/map porn!"
-Peter Greenberg, National Public Radio
"Even if you are not a "map person" this book makes it so easy to experience the unique perspective of rail-based transit. Artistically a treat with its interesting colors, shapes and design; it's a coffee table essential. Ovenden brings a unique perspective to maps and to travel in general. Transit Maps of the World is a must-read for the literary traveller"
"A vibrant tip of the hat to the world's urban train systems"
-National Geographic Intelligent Traveller
"...look no further for the next must-have book"
-Very Short List
"The sort of book you couldn't imagine you needed until you got it and now you can't imagine how you could do without it . . . It's fantastic!"
-Robert Elms, BBC London
"Like a CondT Nast Traveler magazine for jetsetters with subterranean tendencies."
-The Guardian, London
"A beautifully illustrated study of the plans that help passengers navigate the world's metropolitan railway systems."
-The Times, London
"An object lesson in information design."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Born in London in 1963, Mark Ovenden evinced an early fascination with trains and TV that has remained with him over the course of his life. Following college he pursued a number of positions in local government and on the radio promoting progressive attitudes towards gay issues before getting a full time job at BBC Radio 1 as a producer. In 1998 he joined MTV as a freelance Music Programmer, where he gave birth to another production company which went on to produce shows for Atlantic252. There Mark was later taken on as a presenter of a weekly record review show with Chris Coco and as their specialist programmes producer and later breakfast newsreader.
When Atlantic252 closed down Mark moved to Ministry Of Sound where he helped set up their DAB station, Ibiza unit and later, as Head of Radio there, ran a popular FM version of the station. Mark moved into consultancy after this working with Purple radio and the DRG.
In 2002 while still working in his spare time on his book project he moved to a fledgling TV channel as Channel Manager.
Mark Ovenden's Metro Maps of the World was published in November 2003 to great critical acclaim. It has since been re-written and updated for the American market and is now published by Penguin as Transit Maps of the World. Mark currently resides in Paris where he is researching his next book on a century of cartography of the Paris Metro Map. He is also working on several other book projects, a radio sit-com, and a TV travel show.
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I think the beauty of the book is in looking at the way various transit companies have approached the problem of communicating (sometimes complex) information in a simple way for passengers yet each map has its unique points. The book's authors rightly trace the origins of the modern designed transit map to London Transport's Harry Beck. His genius was to discard the geographic location of stations and have route lines as either vertical, horizontal or at forty-five degrees. It's amazing to see how many maps of the dozens in the book still follow this general principal.
However, creating a map that might look graphically stunning is not always enough. New York's MTA got Massimo Vignelli to design their map and it looks a visual treat but passengers weren't impressed and found it confusing so the MTA revised it. Vignelli's 1979 map and the latest 2007 MTA one are shown together on a spread in the book, two maps with the same information yet looking so different.
This update has a few more train and station photos to fill the space that was frequently left blank in the first edition and there is a nice touch with a spread near the back that includes some fantasy maps. If I have a fault with the book it is that in the new Zone 6 section many of the maps are so small that I don't think they were worth including.
I thinks it's worth pointing out that Transit Maps is not designed as a reference guide for travelers to cities around the world but as a celebration of the beauty that is inherent in these colourful diagrams.
Too bad it doesn't have a bigger format, because many maps would have to be seen in better detail to be fully appreciated.
All in all, I'd say it's worth the price.
Vorwort über die Entstehung von Eisenbahn-Linienplänen gefolgt von der Entstehung der Netz-Linienplänen des ÖPNV bis etwa 1930. Das Buch ist anschliessend in sechs Kapitel (Zonen) aufgeteilt in denen die div. Linienpläne kurz vorgestellt werden und grösstenteils auch abgebildet sind.
Ein Nachschlagewerk (Stand 2003) für den Netzplanhistoriker.
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And it is a well designed book with some very nice touches (titles in akzidenz grotesque as a tribute to the Unimark NYC metro system!). The fascination of the author with mapping transportation systems is evident in every page and his style is extremely enjoyable.
Having said so, its scholarly value on visual design, way-finding and usability is questionable. To give but three examples: the network diagram of Rome, Italy, is praised as "a minor work of art" while it is actually one of the worst diagram ever conceived from the point of view of design and usability, truly an insult to Rome and to all its visitors. The 2007 metro diagram of Moscow, an all-caps monstrosity, is described as "the culmination of seventy years of innovation in map design on one of the most impressive and effective mass transit system". In presenting the Berlin map of 1990 Spierkermann's deliberate hihlighting of the - still non existing - unifying ring is not even mentioned.
He has especially wanted to find the places where Dr Who has showed up in his blue box.
But he is very interested in the whole world and how it all goes together.
He is 9 years old and is diagnosed as Autistic. He has made great strides in his interpersonal skills and his school work. Now reading far above his grade level.
His interest in the world can take strange or should I say different turns than one might expect. He has strong opinions on most subjects.....and while he interacts and learns differently than us so called normal folks he has revealed himself to be perceptive and inventive. I find myself being in awe of his talents.