Fast Company: London Tube Map Sparks Furor Over What “Design” Means
A comment by Erik Spiekermann on a previous post sparks a discussion on what we talk about when we talk about design.
Of the interesting comments left on my post about Mark Noad’s redesigned London Underground map, one of the most interesting was left by eminent typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann. In it, he stated a what he called a “common misunderstanding” about Harry Beck’s legendary wayfinding display: that it isn’t a map at all, “it’s a diagram. Not meant to show geographic relationships, but connections.” Spiekermann criticized Noad for mixing the two concepts in his redesign, which attempted to combine Beck’s clean lines with added geographic accuracy. And when tech blogger (and occasional Fast Company contributor) Tim Carmody responded to Spiekermann’s comment via Twitter, Spiekermann derided him for using the word “map” again. Harrumphing and profanity ensued.