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Old 10-26-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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The competition ended recently, and they've picked a winner. I'm curious to see which of the 6 finalists you all like the best. You can view them here: MBTA > About the MBTA
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:56 PM
 
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I like the map by Kenneth Miraski. A map that is funny and it does make sense!!! It's always helpful to have landmarks for orientation and the T lines follow the actual routes.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:00 AM
 
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I like map 3 for its simplicity and map 4 for its aesthetics. They both do a good job with the B and C lines, unlike the winner (map 1), which is terrible for people who don't know the city. Map 1 makes it look like Reservoir and Cleveland Circle are really far apart and like Heath Street and Forest Hills are really close.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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I do not like these "contests." Most of the runners up worked for free. I'm not even sure if the winner was paid anything.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Map 1 makes it look like Reservoir and Cleveland Circle are really far apart and like Heath Street and Forest Hills are really close.
That is my biggest gripe with Map 1. The old Arborway terminus of the E-Branch would be parallel to Forest Hills not Heath Street. My vote would go to Miraski's map.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:24 PM
 
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The Kenneth Miraski one has my vote. I like how it looks kind of organic.

As others have pointed out, the numerous geographical distortions in the winner are an affront to the eyes. What the hell is the point of a map if it completely disregards geography to achieve symmetry?
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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You guys realize the winner is a Russian designer who has never stepped foot in the US right?
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Yes! Us Russians win again!! :-)

edit: Um, actually, having clicked on the link, the designer appears to be Georgian. Looks like us Russians lose! :-(
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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You guys realize the winner is a Russian designer who has never stepped foot in the US right?
I don't see why that matters.

I mean, I don't like the winning map, but that the person who designed it is from somewhere else doesn't seem like an issue to me.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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I don't see why that matters.

I mean, I don't like the winning map, but that the person who designed it is from somewhere else doesn't seem like an issue to me.
I think it does matter because he's never even ridden the T before. He is going by what the current map looks like which is also off-scale. A designer who rides the T has an advantage over someone who has never stepped foot in Boston. Anyway I liked the winning map. Although it's not to scale, it still has more useful information than any of the other maps without looking too cluttered.
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