México City Metro, México
by Lance Wyman
The México City Metro opened in 1969 with three lines and 48 stations (since that time it has expanded to 11 lines and 175 stations with more planned or already under construction).
Following his successful identity design for the 1968 México Olympics Lance Wyman was asked to develop the identity and wayfinding system for the city’s new subway.
The city square or Zócalo is the symbolic center of the city, the logo was designed by cutting three lines of an “M” into a square representing the lines of the metro as they cut through the city. The logo is filled with orange since this is the color of the metro cars.
The form of the logo (which also suggests the profile of a metro car), was then used as the basis for the station icons and the rest of the identity and signage program.
Each station is identified by a name and color coded icon (stations at intersections use two or three colors).
The station icons represent an important landmark or activity associated with the neighbourhood in which the station is located.
These icons were an integral part of the wayfinding system on maps and signs helping passengers who are illiterate or do not speak spanish navigate the subway system.
Norwich University College of the Arts
is currently hosting ‘You Are Here’
an exhibition of Lance Wyman’s work.
The show will run until June 9, 2012.
More info here.
All images courtesy of Lance Wyman