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Jared-- The MIT study you cite seems authoritative, but I'm also surprised that you don't reference Harry Beck's Underground map--or the NYC Subway map that Alessandro Vignelli designed, based on Beck's model (for a short discussion of both, see my post http://wp.me/p36T6t-Sz). It's interesting that the abstract/schematic maps are more conducive to underground representations, to be sure; there is a resistance, I think, to representing much that lies above ground in a similarly schematic form. But the innovation of the "circuit" model of map that Beck designed has an amazing conceptual fluidity, as I note in the post, in part no doubt since it is so extremely persuasive. Thanks for suggesting I look at your blog when we met at the Stamen Happy Hour.
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