It was he who famously lambasted UTA's official rail map back in December. He certainly wasn't the only one; the map has been the subject of much heated online discussion, and I don't really need to visit it here (the link above is a good place to start if you are both curious and uninitiated). After reading up the controversy, I started playing around with a few ideas of how to do a map of UTA's rail system. After completing what I felt was a particularly nice sketch in pen on engineering paper (not as easy as it sounds), a thought occurred to me: what if you turned the Free Fare Zone into a circle?
I made another sketch on engineering paper and liked it well enough that I decided to make an actual map out of it. I was then confronted by the fact that I have no graphic design software on my home computer whatsoever.
So I made it in Excel. Please don't judge me.
I've been sitting on it for a while because I was too nervous to show it to anyone (except commutergirl, who knows to be careful of my fragile feelings at such times), but then yesterday I finished posting and saw this:
|TOTALLY a word.|
So here it is:
|I couldn't get the lines any more even than this in Excel.|
This is not an attempt to improve on UTA's current map; indeed, it's probably a little frivolous for an official map. But it's an idea that tickled me, and I kind of like how it turned out.
Yes, I put the University Line back on it. Call me nostalgic. I didn't know what color to make it, since it used to be red, but the Red Line is now something completely different; so I made it orange.
I'd be interested to hear what all y'all think of it, and then you can tell Cameron Booth.
Actually, I guess I can't really stop you. Whatever. Hope you enjoy!