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T Map Challenge | Projects

  • We decided to make a map that would be easier to read than the current one which is really a bunch of confusing lines. We decided to make a map that instead of branching out in different directions, was made completely out of vertical lines. Our first attempt was probably our best. The lines were separated as each branch had it’s own vertical stroke. At the stops were trains or lines intersected, a horizontal slash we be made betweeen the insteresecrtijnng trains. The slash would be skinny and in the color of the line if it was a convergence of branches or be thick and black if two lines crossed.

  • We decided to make a map that would be easier to read than the current one which is really a bunch of confusing lines. We decided to make a map that instead of branching out in different directions, was made completely out of vertical lines. Our first attempt was probably our best. The lines were separated as each branch had it’s own vertical stroke. At the stops were trains or lines intersected, a horizontal slash we be made betweeen the insteresecrtijnng trains. The slash would be skinny and in the color of the line if it was a convergence of branches or be thick and black if two lines crossed.

    While this would later turn out to be our best idea, it was met with criticism that it was unclear where lines crossed and intersected. Over the next few days we would make many different maps some which would end up looking like the current T Map. On the final full day Matt from Ideo came to visit us.  He looked over all of our maps and decided that our first one was best. As time wound down we quickly put our first map into presentation form.

    The final map provides an easier and simpler way to navigate the T-system. Instead of a large, confusing system that is unclear in the lines that connect, all the train systems are vertical lines that line up and distinguish where the lines cross. The map also incorporates a system that represents the time between stops. Due to the fact that the time it takes to get from stop to stop varies depending on the time and day, some of the times are not very accurate, but if we had accurate times this would be the easiest way to navigate the T.