Returning to the infographics, I present a plotting of the cost of living index across the United States. The graph plots states and selected cities horizontally according to longitude and vertically by the index with size variations based on population density and color by per capita income.
I decided to curve the horizon, finding it interesting that in doing so, the baseline across the country graphs straight, as the center of the country has a lower average cost of living (Oklahoma having the lowest per state and Harlingen, Texas being the lowest town) than the coasts (peaking at Manhattan, unsurprisingly).
The 180-page binder, the key to the system’s iconic design choices, outlines a meticulous vision of signage intended not merely to look good — though it does — but to simplify navigation of the subterranean labyrinth. In its attention to passenger behavior, the manual goes above and beyond what most of us would term graphic design.
“The subway rider should be given only information at the point of decision,” proclaimed the designers. “Never before. Never after.”
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