In this short video, TED Michael Beirut talks about the modern London Tube map. He says that Harry Beck’s version brought brilliant simplicity to mapmaking as more of a diagram than a map. Beck’s approach is now replicated by transit agencies all over the globe.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.