Artist Minimally Maps Out Every NYC Subway Line

01.10.13 Andy Cush

As designer Andrew Lynch points out, though traditional Subway maps are extraordinarily useful, in the strictest sense, many aren’t really maps at all: proportions are skewed in favor of readability, so that the distance between two stops on the map may not truly reflect their actual proximity.

With a passion for accuracy and an eye for minimal aesthetics, Lynch created a series of new, true-to-scale maps–one for each of New York’s nine lines. Each poster separates one line from its context within the city, presenting it against a bold, colored field, accompanied by written information.

“This series of posters tries to flip the original rational for clean design on its head,” writes Lynch on Kickstarter. ” Instead of creating a map showing the routes of each line abstracted to fit into a small map each poster shows just one train line by itself, stripped away from its context, with a description and statistics provided. Why do it this way? I wanted to show the viewer something they see everyday but in a completely new, almost unrecognizable way; the way it actually looks.”

$25 dollars gets you the poster of your choice, assuming the project is funded. Lynch is currently $600 short of his goal, with 46 hours of funding to go.