Eureka! Henry Becks original drawing for the diagrammatic tube map (1931), which sets out routes and stations according to clarity rather than geographical accuracy

Eureka! Henry Becks original drawing for the diagrammatic tube map (1931), which sets out routes and stations according to clarity rather than geographical accuracy

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London-based designer and illustrator Tim Fishlock posterized Harry Beck's famous alphabet made of sections and lines from the London Underground map. (Quoted from brainpickings.org)

London-based designer and illustrator Tim Fishlock posterized Harry Beck's famous alphabet made of sections and lines from the London Underground map. (Quoted from brainpickings.org)

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We designers salute you Harry Beck, designer of the iconic Tube map. The blue plaque at 14 Wesley Road in east London.

We designers salute you Harry Beck, designer of the iconic Tube map. The blue plaque at 14 Wesley Road in east London.

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talkingtypes:  Visual message: metro map  Author: Tim Fishlock  Nicely done - even if some of the letters are a bit of a stretch - but Animals on the Underground is more fun.

talkingtypes: Visual message: metro map Author: Tim Fishlock Nicely done - even if some of the letters are a bit of a stretch - but Animals on the Underground is more fun.

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London Tube Map, 1933. Harry Beck's Underground map solved the problem of how to represent clearly a dense, complex interweaving of train lines. Placing the stations at similar intervals regardless of their true locations, Beck;s map was dismissed as too revolutionary when it was first submitted.

London Tube Map, 1933. Harry Beck's Underground map solved the problem of how to represent clearly a dense, complex interweaving of train lines. Placing the stations at similar intervals regardless of their true locations, Beck;s map was dismissed as too revolutionary when it was first submitted.

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Harry Beck. Graphic artist and map designer.  Born 14 Wesley Road, Leyton but he was only there for about 3 years.  He was brought up and educated in Highgate Village.  Joined London Underground in 1925 on a temporary basis and remained with them on and off until 1937 and for a few years after the war.  He produced the first version of the famous tube map in 1931.  Fell out with LT over who should make changes to the map (sounds like he became a bit obsessional).  Died in Southampton.con..

Harry Beck. Graphic artist and map designer. Born 14 Wesley Road, Leyton but he was only there for about 3 years. He was brought up and educated in Highgate Village. Joined London Underground in 1925 on a temporary basis and remained with them on and off until 1937 and for a few years after the war. He produced the first version of the famous tube map in 1931. Fell out with LT over who should make changes to the map (sounds like he became a bit obsessional). Died in Southampton.con..

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London Underground map: Harry Beck, 1931. Timeless, attractive, and perfectly functional. A map that is genius. @Design Council #GBdesign

London Underground map: Harry Beck, 1931. Timeless, attractive, and perfectly functional. A map that is genius. @Design Council #GBdesign

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