I found this article thanks to my husband’s cousin, who is a world traveler and a map buff. You should really take a look!
When I took Visual Design courses in grad school, this was an example of how user experience design can make a difference in helping users know how to use the subway–wherever it was. The original London Underground map that kicked it off (I believe it was them) was genius, because the creator realized that creating something that looked more like a grid than the actual geography would be easier for people to understand. Obviously, this style of design was copied for other metro systems, and it’s been helpful for all these cities. This article shows the differences between what the UX design maps are versus the real maps of the same metro lines. Fascinating!
What are some other great uses of UX design that don’t mimic the actual thing? Include your comments below.