Poster, New York City Subway Map, 1974
This is a Poster. It was designed by Massimo Vignelli. It is dated 1974 and we acquired it in 1987. Its medium is offset lithograph on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
In his 1974 New York subway map, Massimo Vignelli used an eight-color palette to communicate the complex system, assigning each line a specific color. Critics found the diagrammatic plan too abstract, but many aspects of the design, including the color-coding of the lines, were retained in future iterations.
It is credited
Gift of Unknown Donor.
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Its dimensions are
71.1 x 58.4 cm (28 x 23 in.)
Cite this object as
Poster, New York City Subway Map, 1974; Designed by Massimo Vignelli (Italian, active USA, 1931–2014); USA; offset lithograph on white wove paper; 71.1 x 58.4 cm (28 x 23 in.); Gift of Unknown Donor; 1987-24-2