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Writing on Map Design: Books

Two titles are currently available, brief details are here, or click on the links for full information.


UMAB Book
Underground Maps After Beck

The story of the London Underground Map
in the hands of Henry Beck’s successors.

  • Published 2005, updated 2008, over 2000 copies sold
  • 112 pages, colour illustrations throughout
  • More information here
  • UK RRP £18.95
  • Buy from any book shop

UMU Book
Underground Maps Unravelled

The definitive exploration of schematic map design.

  • Published 2012, 1000 copies sold
  • 224 pages, colour illustrations throughout
  • More information here
  • Just £30 including UK delivery, £40 to Europe, £50 to USA/RoW
  • Buy direct from the author’s web shop
  • Download sample chapters here

This is a sensational book that promises to become a milestone for studies into transportation maps.
It is much more than a book about subway diagrams, it is about the very essence of Graphic Design.
Massimo Vignelli