Mind the Map

A new exhibition about the history and creativity behind London transport maps, Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography, opened on 18 May at the London Transit Museum. The displays will draw on the Museum’s outstanding map collection to explore the influence of the iconic London Tube map on cartography, art and the public imagination.

The first diagrammatic map of London’s rapid transit network was designed by Harry Beck, a London Underground employee who realized that passengers were not bothered about the geographical accuracy of the city above but simply interested in how to get from one station to another. His idea has been emulated by subway, bus and transit companies around the world – including Massimo Vignelli’s design from 1972.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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