NYC’s New Street Maps Embrace ‘More Is More” Design
The DoT's WalkNYC program includes pedestrian signs that are clear and easier to read than traditional maps.
It’s easy to get lost in a big city, even if you’re a local. That is why New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to come out with the WalkNYC program, which will give NYC locals and visitors a brand new set of street maps that are easier to read.
The DOT partnered with the PentaCityGroup, a special consortium that includes Pentagram, Billings Jackson Design, the RBA Group, CityID, and T-Kartor.
Pentagram created the graphics and aesthetic designs on the maps. Billings Jackson Design created the 8.5 foot tall map kiosks, with the RBA Group taking care of the engineering aspects to make sure they’re sturdy enough for the streets of New York. CityID determined where the kiosks should be placed and the cartographers at T-Kartor took care of getting the information for the maps.