Which cities have the best user interface?

Stephen Baker

Khoi Vinh, online design director of NYTimes.com, looks at cities as applications, each one designed with intuitive design. This is nothing new to urban planners, of course. But I'd never thought of cities the way I think of Web page navigation.

The bad part, from my perspective, is that when cities get too easy, you can sleepwalk through them and barely notice where you are. This happens to me often in my travels through the United States. It's when you're actively trying to figure something out, like how to punch your own ticket on the Munich train system that you look around, see how other people are doing (or not doing) it, and realize that you're traveling.

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