I came across this book accidentally the other day and wondered why I hadn’t heard about it sooner. RIT Press has published a book called Vignelli Transit Maps by Peter B. Lloyd and Mark Ovenden that chronicles the changing history of NYC’s subway system. The book focuses on Massimo Vignelli’s iconic straight-line map (shown above, 1972) which was eventually not used because it didn’t depict a realistic shape of NYC despite showing lines and stations more clearly.

Today’s current MTA map is a decent compromise between realistic land shape and actual Subway lines, but in my opinion, Vignelli’s map is hard to beat based on looks.

You can pick up this book now at Amazon for just $35.