If you want to know what’s going on beneath the streets of London, Dr Maxwell Roberts is your man. He is the author of Underground Maps Unravelled, a book about the history, science and design aesthetics of subterranean cartography, with a particular focus on the London Underground map. Apart from the additions at its edges, the official London tube map hasn’t changed much since it was originally designed by Harry Beck in 1931, but Max Roberts has refashioned it several times in recent years. One of his maps reflected the true distances between the stations and another was in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His latest reworking is this groovy circular version. Click the image to see it in its full glory. It’s a beautiful thing, baby.
A little over a year ago, I wrote about the Art Of Penguin Science Fiction website and posted some of my favourite Penguin sci-fi book covers, including the 1962 edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (see here). I’ve always been a fan of the traditional Penguin three-stripes design, so I love the look of the spanking new edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four, for which graphics guru David Pearson has taken the original 1949 cover of the book, embossed the title and Orwell’s name, and then censored them with black blocks of ink. It’s very, well, Orwellian. It’s very striking too.
This latest edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four is part of Penguin’s “Great Orwell” series. You can read more about David Pearson’s designs for this and the other books in the series – Animal Farm, Homage To Catalonia, Down And Out In Paris And London, and Politics And The English Language – at the Creative Review blog.