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Twisted tracks: watch metro maps transform to real-life geography

in Data journalism/Visual Journalism

THE GUARDIAN – Public transit maps occupy a unique place in the mapping world, and must strike a careful balance between readability, detail and aesthetic design. To that end, they necessarily distort the city’s true geography and with it, our own mental conception of the city too.

But just how distorted are the world’s metro maps? A recent series of animated graphics, created by the DIY cartographers of the online forum Reddit, answers that question. Scroll down to see the metro maps of six global cities transform to match their true geography.

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