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user-inactivated  ·  1586 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Airline Maps Look The Same

It makes you wonder what the conventional wisdom behind airline maps could stand to learn from the science of designing subway maps, where the debate between cartographic realism and schematism is very much old hat. Clearly, though, the purpose of a subway map (on-the-fly navigation) is quite different from that of an airline map (evoke appreciation, often of an almost -aesthetic- variety, for the totality of an airline's network).