Traces of Massimo Vignelli's iconic design for the New York City subway remain in the system (hello, Helvetica) but now his map is back in a big way, at least digitally. The MTA begins using the Vignelli plan this weekend as a landing page on its website to "offer straphangers a visual, interactive glimpse at the complicated array of service changes" that happen every Saturday and Sunday. "The Weekender" takes the map out of retro-design-land and updates it with real-time info: it's searchable "by line, borough and station, and flags trouble spots with blinking lights." Granted, it won't appease the unlucky masses subject to a garbled PA system underground, but: progress!
· The return of Vignelli with a weekend twist [Streetsblog]
· Aid for Baffled Weekend Subway Riders [NYT]