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Design Around the World: Metro Maps

Design, Inspiration, Resources | Mar 12, 2010

Every city looks and feels unique. Regional culture, typography, dialect, local customs and many more factors play a part in defining a city’s differences.

Those differences determine how that city sees its citizens and how it wants to represent itself to others.

For each city with one, the metro plays a part in defining those differences. The metro maps in this post show the skeletons of these cities. Each map explores the paths taken by the residents of that city.

The design and style of the maps appears reflective of the particular place. They may be seen as not only maps, but individual expressions of a local identity.

Here’s a great compilation of metro maps from around the world…

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Athens, Greece

 

Atlanta, United States


 

Barcelona, Spain


 

Baltimore, United States


 

Bangkok, Thailand


 

Beijing, China


 

Berlin, Germany


 

Boston, United States


 

Brasilia, Brazil


 

Brussels, Belgium


 

Bucharest, Romania


 

Buenos Aries, Argentina


 

Bursa, Turkey


 

Busan, South Korea


 

Caracas, Venezuela


 

Chicago, United States


 

Cleveland, United States


 

Copenhagen, Denmark


 

Deagu, South Korea


 

Delhi, India


 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


 

Glasgow, Scotland


 

Helsinki, Finland


 

Istanbul, Turkey


 

Kiev, Ukraine


 

Kobe, Japan


 

Kyoto, Japan


 

Lausanne, Switzerland


 

Lima, Peru


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