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Mr. Beck's Underground Map [Folded Map] [Hardcover]

Ken Garland
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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Transport Publishing; Reprint edition (5 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854141686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854141682
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The definitive book on Harry Beck's classic diagram which contains beautifully illustrated colour diagrams (many full page size) of the various maps issued from 1908-1964 and also diagrams from his original sketch in 1931 until his last diagram in 1964.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on Beck's diagram 9 Feb 2004
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Format:Hardcover
The definitive book on Harry Beck's classic diagram. Lovely hardback large format book 11" X 10" (reprinted edition 2003) with 80 pages ; 40 of which contain beautifully illustrated colour diagrams (many full page size) of the various maps issued from 1908-1964 but mainly about Beck's diagrams from his original sketch in 1931 until his last diagram in 1964. It charts the many alterations to the original design and contains a wonderfull apppendix that has over 10 pages of original experimental sketches. An excellently researched and thoroughly enjoyable book by Ken Garland.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From maverick idea to corporate identity 21 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is a biography of the professional life of Harry Beck as inventor and developer of the London Underground diagram as we now know it. The book is very well illustrated, with many full page colour maps from the entire 30 year period Beck worked on the diagram, as well as some earlier and later examples -- which themselves prove just how brilliant a desgner Beck was. It includes two previously unpublished Beck diagrams and an appendix section which features a selection of Beck's working sketches and variations, including a proposal for the Paris Metro diagram.
The book itself was specially designed so that it's shape could best display the poster-diagrams as full page illustrations. It is intended for a general readership, but would also suit anyone particularly interested in maps, graphic design, or the history of London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curious and fascinating 7 April 2003
Format:Hardcover
How does a simple diagram become a design icon? This short, profusely-illustrated and well-written book shows how Beck's Diagram evolved from earlier more geographically-correct maps of the Underground system through a myriad of variations into the forms we're still familiar with today. The Diagram is constantly changing although instantly familiar to any visitor to London - so as well as the fascination of the evolution of the style of the diagram there's also the ever-changing history of the Underground itself to consider.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference and history book 16 Jun 2001
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Format:Hardcover
This book is great if you are a fan of the London underground or the maps. The book covers the maps over the years, starting at the beginning of the century all the way to the present day. You can see the differences between how they started and how they ended. I think it is absolutely fascinating!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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A terriffic look into how the London Underground map came into being and evolved from the '30s to the present. It gives extraordinary insight into the mindset of its creater, Harry Beck, and is as important for its design insights as it is a warning to the pragmatic designer of today on finding a balance between work and life, as Mr. Beck unfortunately could not. If you're a designer, read this book.
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You simply MUST read the book about Harry Beck,the designer of the London Underground Tube map. It is the seminal definitive book on intelligent, lateral thinking design (see how he incorporated the Victoria line as a perfectly straight line in his original approach, by just moving orginal tube lines slightly). The book ponders on Harry's frustration, until his death,(in the mid 70s) on how London Transport never officially acknowledged his copyright or contribution. A Grey Plaque (the Underground equivalent of London's Blue Plaques which show where famous people lived) was put up at Finchley Central Station around 1997, together with a replica of his orginal map. Too little, too late, and probably more as a result of LT's guilt over the affair.
I live next door to where Harry lived. I collect metro/tube railway maps from all over the world, aided by travelling friends and family. They nealry all follow his concept of form and feature the diagrammatic rather than geographic representation of the rail network.
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