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Exhibit Showcases New York City Skyline

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Maps | Comments Off on Exhibit Showcases New York City Skyline

Exhibit Showcases New York City Skyline

When you think about it, there are many cities in North America that boast amazing skylines but up until this day New York takes the bag for being on top of the list. Many have seen its beauty within a piece of art showcasing North America Skyline Illustration but it has a different effect when viewed with the naked eye in real life. For those who have lived in New York only recently, they may not have witnessed how the skyline developed from decades ago. Now they will have a chance to look back to what New York looks like many years ago through The Skyscraper Museum which will be hosted within the city.

The exhibit will feature how the skyline of the evolved to what it is now starting in the 19th century. Aside from the looking back at the past and admiring the present, the exhibit will also journey into the future and will give guests the chance to see what New York’s skyline will be in the near future. The exhibit employed a number of art forms including models, photographs from the archives, drawings, and interactive graphics. From there, one will learn the history of the skyline which is divided into respective eras as well as what influenced the city into becoming the present day New York.

The buildings found within the city will also be given the spotlight during the exhibit as well as the entire nation. There will be focus on technological innovations such as electric lighting and elevators which have become essential parts of today’s buildings as they are designed to be bigger and taller than before. These are the obvious proofs that the city have already gone through significant changes.

There are also models that will shed light on the introduction of setback codes for buildings and the start of POPS or privately-owned public spaces. Public figures that influenced the skyscraper designs, not just in New York but all over the globe, such as Hugh Ferris will also be given their own space in the exhibit. For those who cannot come to the exhibit, they will be able to appreciate through the North America Skyline Illustration and posts online.

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Discovering The Genius Behind The Maps Created By Massimo Vignelli

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Maps, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Discovering The Genius Behind The Maps Created By Massimo Vignelli

Discovering The Genius Behind The Maps Created By Massimo Vignelli

It is easy to find the beauty in artworks such as the New York City Illustrated Map but you have to dig deeper in order to appreciate the maps created by Massimo Vignelli. He is one of the individuals responsible for the efficient urban experience that the locals and tourists are experiencing either they are in the middle of Washington, D.C. or in the busy streets of New York. He is none other than the person who helped design the way finding systems that are currently being used in the subway in New York City as well as the metro in Washington D.C.

For the locals, they might not be able to use the system as often as they are familiar with the metro or subway but for tourists, they might have in one point or another looked at it when they don’t know where they should get off or how to get back on track when they were dropped off in the wrong stop.

Vignelliis known for the rational signage he created which are using heavy dose of Helvetica more than the maps he created. It was back in 1972 when Vignelli’s newly designed map was revealed by the MTA but in 1979 the map was replaced by something which is far from it with looks but easier to understand because it is consist of geometric lines alone. That was not the end of the road for Vignelli and the role he played in designing transit maps.

The Rochester Institute of Tehnology holds a Vignelli Center for Design Studies which is managed by a sole archivist named Jennifer Whitlock. Recently, she discovered that there is a collection of speculative maps that were created by Vignelli which is supposed to be used by the transit authority of Washington D.C. back in 1973. Looking at the maps, one will be amazed especially with his creations of the subway in New York City Illustrated Map which features abstract shapes as well as bold colors in order to instruct readers into the right direction. These might not have been used because of the abstract form which could be a bit confusing for someone who wants simple directions when using the transit system.

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