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Metro Maps of the World: v. 2 (World Maps) [Hardcover]

Mark Ovenden
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Book Description

April 2005 World Maps
Second Edition of the critically acclaimed guide to every Metro, Subway, U-Bahn and Underground system in the world. Now with 144 pages and 600 illustrations (including 300 new and updated maps, diagrams and photo's), this full colour, hardback 'coffee-table' book will suit everyone from the casual traveller to dedicated transport enthusiast; the design student to the industry specialist. Lavishly illustrated with current, old, rare and historic maps, trace the design history of arguably one of the worlds most important sources of graphic information.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854142887
  • ISBN-13: 979-1854142886
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark was born and brought up in London, England and as a kid he was always interested in the media and in trains. He built miniature TV studios out of Lego & sticky backed plastic. He set up a closed circuit radio station which got piped through to other parts of the family home. He collected old maps of trains and often went out exploring closed-down rail lines. Aged 14-16 Mark presented a weekly show on the local hospital radio station, collected records and attempted to DJ at local events. A genuine 'geek' in the making!

Following early interests, Mark's school project was on the London Underground in which he painted a revision of the classic Beck inspired Tube diagram. Marks version kept the diagrammatic style but retained the geographic position of the lines: the resulting mess convinced him why Beck was right to expand the central area but helped gain Mark a place at Art College in Southampton. It was there he conceived of an idea to start a 'what's on' listings magazine for the area. 'Due South' published from November 1982 but Mark stepped down after just a couple of years as Editor to persue more pressing political interests. He become an activist during the 1984/5 Miners Strike. This spurred his journalistic interests and he began working for a local radio station as a trainee reporter. After a few years he was reading the news not making it.

Given his ongoing interest in politics and a desire to move to a livelier city, he took a job with the progressive Manchester City Council as an Equality Officer in 1990, delivering training on tackling homophobia in the workplace. Meanwhile Mark developed ideas with a colleague for a national radio show and scored a huge coup by getting BBC Radio 1 to commission their first ever series aimed at young lesbians and gay men: 'loud'n'proud' in 1993. Mark became freelance journalist and newsreader for Manchester's Kiss102 from 1994.

He took four months out in London to work on BBC2's first series for lesbians and gays, 'Gaytime TV' and back at Kiss102, Mark fronted the daily entertainment show 'The Word' , became newsreader 'Peter Parker' for London's Kiss100 breakfast show and was promoted to Programme Manager until 1997 when he became full time producer at BBC Radio 1 on the Annie Nightingale show. In mid 1998 he joined MTV as a freelance music programmer then became a producer and presenter at Atlantic252.

In early 2000, Mark moved to Ministry Of Sound, helping set up their DAB Digital Radio station, and as Head of Radio at MoS, Mark applied for and won the licence to run a one month long FM version of the station.

Mark moved into consultancy after this and in 2002 he joined a fledgling TV channel as Channel Manager but by this stage had already become consumed by the idea of compiling a book that contained the official map of every urban transit system in the world. "Metro Maps of The World" was published in November 2003 and sold out its first run in a matter of weeks. In September 2005 Mark moved to France to focus on his next book about the Paris Metro. Meantime his original publication was picked up by a Dutch Publisher ('Metrokaarten van der wereld" 2006) and also by Penguin in the USA. The American version, "Transit Maps of The World" was published October 2007. Media coverage was phenomenal and led to unexpectedly high sales, and a Top 100 ranking in the Amazon Sales Charts where it is still often the number one best-selling book in it's category (Mass Transit)! Mark is hugely proud that his work has become the best-selling book about transport design.

His comprehensive work on the design of the French capital's transit system was published in October 2008 as "Paris Metro Style in map and station design". Penguin US commissioned an American version of it so Mark re-worked the concept, updated the content and it was published on October 24 2009 by Penguin as "Paris Underground, The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro".

Mark's next book, a follow-up to the popular transit maps offering, was 'Railway Maps of the World' and was first published by Viking Adult in May 2011 for the US market. It launched later that year in the UK as "Great Railway Maps of the World". He relocated to London to research his next project commemorating 150 years of Underground design. The new book: "London Underground by Design" will be published by Penguin in January 2013 for the Tube's anniversary.

He is also working on other follow-up books in the design field.

Mark now resides in his hometown of London where he also works as a freelance music programmer for All Around The World TV, writes comedy, gives lectures on transport design and is a freelance journalist/broadcaster.

Product Description


....Mark Ovenden has scoured the globe, in his delightful book, to find the descendants of Harry Beck's London Underground map... -- The Observer, December 7 2003

...a beautifully illustrated study of the plans that help passengers navigate the world's metropolitan railway systems... -- The Times, November 1 2003

...a delightful new rainy-day book... -- The Guardian, November 11 2003

...an object lesson in information design.... -- Wallpaper Magazine, June 2004

...like a Conde naste traveller magazine for jetsetters with subterranean tendancies... -- Metro, July 12 2004

From the Publisher

This great new edition is even more comprehensive than the last and includes some recently unearthed rarities plus many new contemporary diagrams from across the globe. An excellent companion to Mr Beck’s Underground Map by Ken Garland which focuses exclusively on the development of the London Underground map. Metro Maps Of The World unashamedly takes Mr Beck's diagram as a standard by which other subway maps can be held up against, whilst celebrating the diversity and ingenuity of designers worldwide.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 14 Nov 2003
I was given this book as a present last week and have been dipping in to it every day since. It is not just a book of maps - it is a book about maps and the text really brings things together. Although it is worth buying just for the pictures it is actually worth reading as well
I have never really thought about underground maps as maps before - just diagrams, but this book really opened my eyes.
Underground maps are such a synthesis of design functionality and art and this book brings them alive.
I will never look at a London tube map in the same light again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for every Underground Map fan 9 Dec 2003
Mark Ovenden has done an excellent job in compiling all the world's underground maps. He compares and analyzes the different styles, contrasts the maps with older, often rare historic editions. The most important metro cities are also illustrated with nice colour photos. All in all a great book for any metro enthusiats.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A knowledgable and informative little book 21 Nov 2003
This book will appeal to so many different readers, from those casually browsing the excellent coloured diagrams...to those wanting to gain an insight into the history of how the metro-systems came about. You don't even have to be a connoisseur of the metro to enjoy this book. Use it as a reference or keep it on the coffee table, once you open the pages from the first to the last, you'll learn something new.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic and brilliant 13 Jan 2004
What more can I say? - Well, this is rather more than just a collection of maps, it amounts to an essay on design, showing how pure-topographical maps have become stylised to show just the 'logical' structure of metros, and how the use of typography, colour and symbols can create an image for a metro system and a city as a whole. Ovenden also uses the maps to hang brief histories and surveys of the metro systems from, so the book's also a concise history of urban, underground and light rail.
Some fairly blurred reproduction of a couple of maps, and where did all the letter 'l's go on the Merseyrail map? - but otherwise difficult to fault. Handsomely-produced, with enough text to guide the reader through the book, and, most important of all, a lot of maps!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, colorful and creatively executed 14 Sep 2005
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This is one of the most amazing books you will ever own! An absolute MUST for anyone who has ever travelled in a foreign city and a revelation if you have never looked into the history of your own local subway.
Students of Graphic Design will be enthralled as nothing like this has ever appeared before enabling side by side comparisons of almost 200 different cities' maps.
Its one of those books you don't necessarily see the immediate appeal of but as soon as you open it and see the inherent beauty and good design of a subway map from another city you'll be compelled to leaf thru and check all the places you've ever been, then come back and look through all the other cities. The similarities - and the differences will keep this book on your coffee table for months I promise!
This new edition is even better than the previous version, which in itself was an awesome collection of fascinating material from across the entire planet!
There seems to be many more illustrations now (the publishers claim almost 700 in a 144 page book) and more photo's of subway systems to compliment the maps themselves, a most welcome addition.
Small gaps in the history of certain major cities seem to have been filled (Paris, Montreal, Budapest, Madrid, Moscow, Kiev) and it seems almost every major map has been updated to the 2005 edition...making this now surely the leading world reference book on transit map design.
Also the author appears to have taken a more pragmatic view of cities whose maps do not conform to the international standard set by British designer Harry Beck.
Only criticism is that it's very hard to get hold of this book outside Britain - a bit of shame for a book with such a world focus, but thank God for amazon.co.uk!
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