Winner of New Perspectives Map Re-design Competition by Mikheil Kvrivishvili (Courtesy of MBTA/Mikheil Kvrivishvili)
Navigating Boston’s subway system, known as “The T,” will soon be a cinch with the help of a new map designed by Mikheil Kvrivishvili. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) named the Moscow-based interactive/graphic designer the winner of its “New Perspectives Map Re-design Competition” after receiving 6,837 out of the 17,045 votes cast by the public. A panel of experts—composed of MBTA officials, academics, urban planners, and cartographers—selected six finalists from a pool of dozens of applicants. Members of the public then voted online for their favorite design.
Cross Stitching by Emily Marsh (Courtesy of MBTA/Emily Marsh)
The contest called for ideas that fit within the “Classic Tier” or the “Open Tier.” The former required a more traditional approach to the MBTA rapid transit or “spider” map, whereas the latter welcomed interpretations leaning on the creative side. Kvrivishvili’s map, according to the MBTA, fulfilled a four point criteria: “creativity, aesthetic quality, readability/visual clarity, and informative quality.”
“We are entering an exciting period of growth and change in our system and I’m pleased that we were able to work with the public to help usher in some exciting new developments,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott in a statement. “As we continue to grow and improve our system, the new map will be a great symbol of the changes and updates were working on as a whole.”
The maps will start popping up in new stations as soon as early 2014.
Finalist Kenneth Miraski’s map (Courtesy of MBTA/Kenneth Miraski)
Finalist Jon Feldman’s map (Courtesy of MBTA/Jon Feldman)
Finalist Zemien Lee’s map (Courtesy of MBTA/Zemien Lee)
T Tree by Kate Reed (Courtesy of MBTA/Kate Reed)
Travel Times (Courtesy of MBTA)
Finalist Kat Lawrence’s map (Courtesy of MBTA/Kat Lawrence )
Finalist Joshua Simoneau’s map (Courtesy of MBTA/Joshua Simoneau)