History and Design of Transit Maps

I have been researching the history and design of the New York City subway maps for a number of years. In 2012 I published the book Vignelli: Transit Maps based on interviews with Massimo Vignelli, Joan Charysyn, and others, as well as archival research. I am preparing several further volumes documenting the hstory of the NYC subway map since its inception.

In 2017-2018 I was doing experimental research at the Universiy of Kent at Canterbury. See 'Effect of colour-coding on Usability' below.

History of the New York City subway map

Chapters, articles, and papers

Video presentations



Design: Effect of colour-coding on usability

History & design: Symposium

An evening symposium that I organised on October 27, 2015. This was generously hosted by Cooper Union, who also recorded it on video. The event was timed to the 111th anniversary of the opening of the New York City subway on October 27, 1904, and looks at the recent past of the subway and its possible future. The following are video segments recorded by Cooper Union.

Blog & social media

Software and data

Email: peter at peterblloyd dot com