Transit Maps of the World

Transit Maps of the World


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Transit Maps of the World is the first and only comprehensive collection of historic and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. Using glorious, colorful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the history of mass transit-including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs, some available for the first time since their original publication. Transit Maps is the graphic designer's new bible, the transport enthusiast's dream collection, and a coffee-table essential for everyone who's ever traveled in a city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143112655
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 10.89(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in London in 1963, Mark Ovenden evinced an early fascination with trains and TV that has remained with him over the course of his life. Following college he pursued a number of positions in local government and on the radio promoting progressive attitudes towards gay issues before getting a full time job at BBC Radio 1 as a producer. In 1998 he joined MTV as a freelance Music Programmer, where he gave birth to another production company which went on to produce shows for Atlantic252. There Mark was later taken on as a presenter of a weekly record review show with Chris Coco and as their specialist programmes producer and later breakfast newsreader.

When Atlantic252 closed down Mark moved to Ministry Of Sound where he helped set up their DAB station, Ibiza unit and later, as Head of Radio there, ran a popular FM version of the station. Mark moved into consultancy after this working with Purple radio and the DRG.

In 2002 while still working in his spare time on his book project he moved to a fledgling TV channel as Channel Manager.

Mark Ovenden's Metro Maps of the World was published in November 2003 to great critical acclaim. It has since been re-written and updated for the American market and is now published by Penguin as Transit Maps of the World. Mark currently resides in Paris where he is researching his next book on a century of cartography of the Paris Metro Map. He is also working on several other book projects, a radio sit-com, and a TV travel show.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Ovenden does what no other design history book has ever done. Transit Maps of the World is a must-have.”
The New York Times Book Review

LA Times

“The perfect book.”
USA Today

“Pure catnip.”
—William Grimes, The New York Times

“This book is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

“A fabulous collection. These maps are almost works of art, and can kindle a remembrance of a past trip or a dream of a future journey.”
Seattle Times

“Impossibly nerdy and thoroughly compelling.”
Kansas City Star

“This is the kind of book that would be incredibly fun to browse with kids as part of a world geography investigation—and also the sort of thing that makes great bedtime reading if you want to salt your dreams with the possibility of travel to distant cities. Sheer public transit/map porn!”

—Peter Greenberg, National Public Radio

“Even if you are not a "map person" this book makes it so easy to experience the unique perspective of rail-based transit. Artistically a treat with its interesting colors, shapes and design; it's a coffee table essential. Ovenden brings a unique perspective to maps and to travel in general. Transit Maps of the World is a must-read for the literary traveller.”

“A vibrant tip of the hat to the world's urban train systems.”
National Geographic Intelligent Traveller

“[L]ook no further for the next must-have book.”
Very Short List

“The sort of book you couldn't imagine you needed until you got it and now you can't imagine how you could do without it . . . It's fantastic!”
—Robert Elms, BBC London

“Like a Conde Nast Traveler magazine for jetsetters with subterranean tendencies.”

The Guardian, London

“A beautifully illustrated study of the plans that help passengers navigate the world’s metropolitan railway systems.”
The Times, London

“An object lesson in information design.”

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Transit Maps of the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Travellers, graphic designers, map geeks and transit enthusiasts will just love this book! A unique idea to combine and compare the maps of 'every urban rail system on earth'. I had no idea how gripping it would be until I started flicking thru. First thing you notice is the hypnotic colors of these things that you usually take for granted when travelling the subway in a different city, second thing is how similar yet uniquely different each one is 'many reflecting the graphic heritage of the nation or region they come from - the Tokyo map for instance is truly beguiling', and the third thing you do is start racing thru the book looking at places you've been or would like to go! Truly eclectic and great fun, Ovenden also gives a never-before-seen preamble about the nature of each metro or subway system and traces the evolution of the maps 'the systems that have been open the longest seem to get the most attention simply because they have had the time to change their style of map many times' Even if you dont think of yourself as a map lover, the layout seems to bring the whole thing to life and you just can't let the book alone. Have been leaving it out in my office ever since I got hold of it and every single person flicks thru looking for their favourite city - well done to Penguin for picking this up, I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up in the Christmas lists as a best-seller, it's just so quirky and captivating!
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Archetypal coffeetable book: Pretty, superficially interesting, glossy pictures, a smidgen of intanational style, and ultimately of much more interest to obsessive freaks than the populace at large.
rameau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Started out very interesting, but since I am neither an extreme transit geek or map nerd, at 144 pages it is too long. The authors have one (correct) conclusion that is belabored throughout. The Platonic subway map is Harry Beck's 1933 map of the London Underground, and all other maps are successful only so far as they copy its features.
kylenapoli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I lost over an hour to this book and I have yet to read any of the text! It's great to imagine the cities whose subways are shown here, both the ones you know and the ones you don't. You can see how the systems change over time, how the maps bow to trends in information graphics and differ in usability -- basically, you'll be reminded that every manmade object is a design object.
mlcastle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title really says it all: this book shows a map from pretty much every metro system in the world, including historical examples of maps from the largest systems. If you're interested in the topic, this book does a good job.
Paris1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WOW! Stunning and colourful collection of every official subway map on the planet! wfzimmerman is right: the TOC based on metro diagram design principals is so cool - but check out that Page 1 illustration of the entire world as a subway map, now that would make a great wall poster! Text gives great insight into how the maps have evolved from (in some cases) pretty poor beginnings, to smart, informative and effective pieces of information design. Every art student needs this in their collection. Amazing to see how many cities have subways and how different, yet similar their maps all are. It's fun to use the book to see where you've been and where you'd like to go! One drawback: could've done with more pages for those smaller cities at the back (in "Zone 6" - a nice touch to give the book zones like rail systems have for ticketing instead of dull old chapters) as their thumbnail images dont really do some of those maps justice.That said; a really practical, intelligent and quirky book that I've already had to keep my eyes on to stop it walking out the building!
wfzimmerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book. I love the TOC which is laid out like a subway map.Unfortunately, at first glance, one problem is that transit maps of the world tend to be a lot like one another...