Hey, TfL, We Like This Idea For The Night Tube Map

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 31 months ago
Hey, TfL, We Like This Idea For The Night Tube Map

Max Robert’s Night Tube map. Click to embiggen.

Keep a sharp eye out in the tube racks from today onwards, as at any moment the new tube map could appear — with all the added Overground services that are coming on 31 May. Posters have gone up at Overground stations informing us that the new service timetables are available to download now, but when the paper/printed copies appear, we bet they'll have a new tube map inside them too.

While we're talking tube maps, one of the things that we theorised about back in this video is what TfL might do when Night Tube services start in September. Word has got back to us that the pocket sized map may indeed be increased in size so that that Night Tube map can be fitted on the back somewhere.

But what will it look like? The TfL press release, when it was first announced, simply took the standard map and chopped off the bits that weren't going to be 'Nightised'. (What? That's a word!)

Max Roberts, who has designed over 100 alternative tube maps, has come up with his version of what the Night Tube map should look like. He theorises:

"Should a specially reconfigured map be created to show Underground Night services? There are two schools of thought here. On the one hand, there is a suggestion that differently configured maps are confusing to the user, while on the other there is the observation that people seem reasonably resilient to this."

So what Max has designed is a night tube map that shows the service that will be running,  but in a layout that is different to normal, but the 'regular' layout is no longer required when a lot of those lines are not required to be shown on the map.  What do you think?

Last Updated 04 May 2015

HHGeek

Good idea, and I mostly really like the execution, but those non-45 degree angles are weirding me out. :(

woggly

No. Looks terrible. Not only that, as these will be printed in the hundreds of thousands, all that black ink will come at a cost. If he's already come up with 100 designs, he's obviously got way too much spare time on his hands.

Tabish Khan

Nice idea but I think the black is too stark, maybe use the pastel blue that's used in the night bus maps. I'd also suggest using white text for the station names as the current black with yellow border is not the easiest too read.

Good start to get the conversation going.

Stephen

Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. That black background is horrible.

Hobart Calling

It's certainly...erm....different. But given the inherent conservatism of TfL (which is probably a good thing when your job is to shuttle millions of people around in electrified steel tubes buried under the ground), I suspect it wont be a fan.

Philip Whitehouse

Black on gold fuzz on black text is very difficult to read, even in the blown-up version.