Peter Dovak, a Graphic designer by profession is a big fan of transit systems such that he describes himself as a “lifelong transit nerd”. His love for the subway systems comes out in spades through his ‘Mini Metros’ series. His ‘multicolored and minimalistic-ly designed’ pictures show us that no metro station is ever the same; the plans that he has produced in color with his imagination brings to light the uniqueness which is inherent to each and every route and public transportation path which exists in various cities around the globe.
Produced in Technicolor, these transit maps provide a closer look at how these renowned and widely used Metros and transportation paths work, and though they all look similar at the first go, a deeper inspection reveals that ‘that’ is not the case. While some transit systems in Barcelona, Seoul, Paris and Tokyo are not only quite busy, their network of lines is also highly complex – full of tangled and knot-like patterns. Others like Glasgow, Copenhagen, and Ottawa are surprisingly achingly-simple with only a line or two in the entire system. And Peter Dovak is so dedicated that, via ‘his’ sources, he regularly keeps his designs updated to accommodate the changes that the city’s metro undergoes.
Creating these exceptional designs was not a piece of cake; though Dovak started his creation ‘Mini Metros’ series years back, he was only able to publish the first batch in 2016. The fact that he was following some strict graphic design guidelines also explains ‘why it took so long!’. “Lines must measure 3px, parallel lines must have at least 3px between them, diagonals should measure 45-degrees, and each redesigned map must fit into a 120px circle” are some of the complicated guidelines he committed himself to while creating his prints.
Check out Dovak’s exceptional work below; for the full collection, you can visit his website.