Paris. Seoul. Rio de Janeiro. New York City. Isn’t it time Albuquerque joined them?
Albuquerque may not have a subway system — and it probably never will — but that doesn’t mean it can’t join the elite list of world cities that have a subway system map. And this is it. Or it could be.
Painstakingly crafted with authentic details, this schematic map of the greater Albuquerque area includes six subway lines extending from Coronado Monument to the Hard Rock Pavilion, with clearly-labeled stations and transit hubs that mimic the look of some of the world’s most famous subway maps. Stops like the Sunport, Old Town, Nob Hill and the Tram provide convenient access for tourists, while others help the gainfully employed get to work and back.
It may not be real, but you’d never know it at first glance. Take a look for yourself.
This project is about turning a unique concept and piece of digital design into a genuine physical artifact. Your support will enable this beautiful map to be printed as a gorgeous 18" x 24" full-color poster (and then be delivered to you in a tube. Get it? Tube? I'm so funny). I’ve already gotten a bid from an Albuquerque-based print shop to do the production; all that’s missing is your contribution.
Note that the final map will have some modifications from what you see here — a station name or two might change, a color might be tweaked, and so on — but what you receive will be almost exactly what you see here.
Risks and challenges
I’m a graphic designer by training and doing a small offset-print run of a poster is something I’m no stranger to, so I don't anticipate many issues. That said, the exact paper stock to be used may change depending on the final size of the order — I may also be able to afford better and/or more environmentally friendly inks if the quantity is sufficiently large.
I plan on packaging in tubes all these by hand once they’ve been printed, which will be a slightly arduous process and may take longer than I’m budgeting for (particularly since we’re about to have a baby), but if there are serious snags on that front I will call in reinforcements to help out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I'm friends with the folks behind http://www.transitauthorityfigures.com/ and their work inspired this design, but I created this map independently after reaching out to them and making sure it was okay. All credit for both the concept of "fake subway maps" and the general look and feel of this design should go to Rob and Damia of TAF, but they were not involved in the design of this particular map.
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