Traveling allows for adventure and experience. It can create memories that will last any person a lifetime. Viewing the world in all different angles and perspectives is definitely something people want to experience over and over. Overseas or more relevant underground can truly take your breath away. Overseas yes, underground not quiet. The Metro System Map in the DMV ‘District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia’ is used more often to people traveling into a city for work, school or anything else where they want to avoid traffic. It is found underneath the DMV region stretching all the way to Shady Grove and Glenmont (red line), to Greenbelt and Branch Ave (green line), to Greenbelt, Huntington and Franconia-Springfield (yellow line), to Largo and Franconia Springfield (blue line), to Wiehle-Reston East to Largo (Sliver line), and to finally New Carrollton to Vienna (orange line). The map is mainly used for transportation in cities like the DMV to allow passengers to navigate themselves. It also shows what station you are at, where you want to go, where the surrounding areas are located and where the transfer points are located. Other than underground, the map can be viewed in form of a paper hand held map, online and on the ‘Metro and Bus’ App on your phone. The DMV Metro Map is used to transport people from point A to point B with less traffic, less worry about where to park and at times faster than driving on the highway.
Although the Metro Map is used for transportation, it can also be viewed as design and how simple it was created. Maps can be confusing if you don’t know where you are, where your next stop is and ultimately how legible the map is. In creating another map to follow, Wyman’s took the easier route. He used geometrical shapes that can be easily read and used colors that allowed the viewer to recognize it immediately. The elements relate toward each other because of the rounded edges on the lines as well as the circles. Circles are continuous which is the same as the trains that move continuously back and forward across the DMV. Wyman’s seemed to mention movement relating the forms to the motion of an on going train. Using elementary figures has helped the design to be simple as well as using colors. The colors are a base color of orange, silver, red, blue, green and yellow. Color coding the train, with the correct color line, which then connects to the map, is again easy to identify and recognize when running to catch a train. The colors overlap and run along each other to the same stop or transfer point. The single layered circles are one stop while the double layered circles are transfer points, which is where people can change train lines. As for the curved lines connecting the circles they are thick and this thickness as well as the correct color of the train stays consistent through the map.
Harry Beck was the designer of the London’s underground map in 1933. He also used colors and geometrical shapes just as Wyman did to demonstrate simplicity in design when creating a map for travelers. He used the same weight in line and differentiated the single stops and the transfer points by using sizing. Beck and Wyman seemed to have the same vision in creating a simple, clear and straightforward map to be used by locals and visitors. The map’s purpose is to show people how to navigate themselves around the DMV area. Coming from depending on driving everywhere to being savvy in how to get from point A to point B without confusion is an successful design created by Wyman because using the simple elements like color and shapes don’t usually confuse people if that’s all they have to focus on. The metro map allowed me to learn about other ways of transportation and to be come cultured within my environment.