I would have written this article several days ago, had I not been distracted whilst researching it by this game (warning: do not click the link if you have something urgent to do in the next 3-4 hours).
The catalyst for it was here, with Geoff Marshall describing the changes to the Thameslink train service in the UK. After watching Geoff’s video I began to think about how difficult it will be to integrate the multiple new Thameslink trains into the standard London Transport map, and that led me to the accidental discovery of what might just be my dream job: information design.
I was pleased to see that there are people out there who already do my dream job, for example fwt-london who designed the existing Thameslink map. Years ago at ECA we had a lecture from a man who worked in the field of information design, I found it very interesting, but as I was studying architecture at the time I didn’t think much more about it, but now that I’m pursuing a career as a designer, it’s time to revisit the subject.
I was thinking about train networks when I drew this image for a client. It represents the complexity of operations and processes happening inside an application.