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Tunnel vision: a history of the London tube map

Eureka! Henry Becks original drawing for the diagrammatic tube map (1931), which sets out routes and stations according to clarity rather than geographical accuracy

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Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters by David Sacks

London-based designer and illustrator Tim Fishlock posterized Harry Beck's famous alphabet made of sections and lines from the London Underground map

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Meet Harry Beck, the genius behind London's iconic subway map

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Meet Harry Beck, the genius behind London's iconic subway map

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London Underground map: Harry Beck, 1931. Timeless, attractive, and perfectly functional. A map that is genius. @Design Council #GBdesign

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Meet Harry Beck, the genius behind London's iconic subway map

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Harry Beck - the Tube map that is recognised across the globe was the brainchild of Underground electrical draughtsman, Harry Beck, who produced this imaginative yet stunningly simple design in 1933. Beck based the map on the circuit diagrams he drew for his day job, stripping the sprawling Tube network down to basics. The result was an instantly clear and comprehensible chart that became an essential guide to London, and a template for transport maps the world over. It still survives…