Friday, March 03, 2006
From the BBC:
The London Underground map, the Spitfire and Concorde have been voted Britain's three favourite designs of the last century.
Design Museum visitors and viewers of BBC Two's The Culture Show were asked to choose from 25 design icons.
Among them were the Routemaster bus, the Mini and red phone boxes as well as more recent inventions such as the internet and video game Tomb Raider.
A public vote will decide which of the three is Britain's most iconic design.
The London Underground map was designed by Harry Beck in 1931 when the Tube grew so large it became impossible to map the lines and stations geographically.
Instead, Beck designed the map based on an electrical circuit, with each line in a different colour and diamonds for interchange stations.
Told you so.
As well as being a beautiful object, the Underground map represents one of those great leaps of human imagination. It's so obvious afterwards, but nobody thought of it before.
Posted by Brit at 3/03/2006