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The New London Tube Map Is Getting Some Serious Hate

The folks at CityMetric, at least, are far from pleased.
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The London Tube has updated its iconic map, and insofar as CityMetric from the New Statesman is a barometer of local opinion, Londoners aren’t impressed. Jonn Elledge writes that the design principles that made Harry Beck’s original map so endearing and elegant “are being horrifically badly applied” in the new version, and wonders whether it’s time to scrap the whole concept and start anew. His review in a word—“Euch”:

Elledge’s aesthetic gripes center on the two-tone grey zones and the bunching of lines that reduce “simplicity and readability.” More to the point of usability, the various Overground routes are all shown in the same shade of orange, making them difficult to distinguish at a glance. There’s also the distracting addition of non-essential, non-Tube services like the Emirates Air Line—a local cable car, not to be confused with the actual airline.