Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway

As Hurricane Sandy revealed almost two years ago, New York's 100-year-old subway is not a modern and robust system. In fact, compared to other cities, it's downright dirty, unpredictable and technologically behind. But the Metro Transit Authority is currently dragging it into the future—and I got the chance to go… » 7/01/14 2:00pm 7/01/14 2:00pm

RIP Massimo Vignelli: The Iconic Designer Who Shaped a Century

We'd known that legendary designer Massimo Vignelli was sick: His son issued a plea to designers who were influenced by him to send him a letter, which surely flooded his home with well-designed well-wishes over the past few weeks. This morning, Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. Here, we've collected a handful of… » 5/27/14 2:19pm 5/27/14 2:19pm

The subway in Brazil looks like a nightmarish ocean of drowning people

It's like that horrifying scene in World War Z when zombies are just on top of each other. It's like a mosh pit that never ends for all of eternity. It's a human traffic jam with absolutely no room to breathe. It's the subway system in Sao Paulo after a bus strike. And the World Cup hasn't even started yet. » 5/22/14 10:06pm 5/22/14 10:06pm

Turn an NYC Subway Map Into an Augmented Reality Adventure

Riding through New York City's subway can be a surprisingly solitary pursuit. Waiting on the platform is even worse. That's why creative technologist William Lindmeier built Tunnel Vision, an augmented reality app that uses the subway map as a canvas for displaying public data about the city's residents. » 5/21/14 3:20pm 5/21/14 3:20pm

The Legendary Manual That Dictates Every Detail of the NYC Subway

Amidst the stinky, human chaos of NYC's train system, we take the clarity of the MTA's signage for granted. But every minute detail of those signs was carefully laid out in 1970 by two young designers who created a rulebook for how to guide billions of people through the subway for decades to come. » 5/06/14 11:00am 5/06/14 11:00am

This Superheroic Train Keeps New York City's Subway Safe

You probably don't realize it, but, at any given hour on any given day, a small yet incredibly sophisticated train armed with cameras, lasers, and ultrasound equipment is sliding around New York City's subway system inspecting the tracks. It looks a little bit like Optimus Prime, and, like the good Transformers, it's… » 5/06/14 10:00am 5/06/14 10:00am

The New Budapest Metro Line Is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip

After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work–it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence–Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing… » 3/28/14 3:40pm 3/28/14 3:40pm

How to Design the Perfect Subway Map

Cameron Booth is a seasoned graphic designer. In his spare time he also edits transitmaps.tumblr.com, the web's finest emporium for bus maps, subway diagrams, train network maps and more. We're enormous fans of his site and wanted to pin him down on a subject that's close to our own hearts: what makes a good transit… » 3/13/14 4:30pm 3/13/14 4:30pm