As I continue to try to close my browser tabs, I will post today of some map examples that I wanted to keep track of. The topic – the evolution of Berlin’s nightlife and transit system map designs.
The Berlin Club Kataster is a map that shows the locations of known Berlin nightclubs from the beginning of the 20th century to present day. The map shows different forms of clubs, including music bars, theaters, galleries and others. It also allows the user to play through time to watch the clubs appear and disappear. According to urbannightlife, there is a marked increase in clubs around 2009, mostly because many clubs couldn’t pin down exactly when they were established, and so, use that date as a catchall.
The map is especially interesting because of all the information it provides for each club and venue. The map was created by Musicboard Berlin GmbH, and is constantly being updated.
This article in Slow Travel Berlin, provides a number of examples of old maps that were created to show Berlin’s underground and surface rail system. One of the most interesting things that these maps show are the psychological connections we have to a transit system that may not necessarily be directly about the use. The last section of the article shows the way politics and current events influenced the design of the transit map – first through Berlin’s east-west division, and then through Germany’s unification. The contemporary map was interestingly designed with much of the system still incomplete. The most prominent symbol, the Ring Bahn, was incomplete when the map was designed, but was such a strong symbol for unity that it was displayed regardless.
The final closed tab was all about a single map of Berlin’s transit, the S-Bahn map of 1980 recreated by Max Robert. This map was especially interesting as it was produced when Berlin was still separated, and had to somehow display the space of West Berlin as a separate nation. Further, the article talks about the politics of infrastructure and proposes that the colourful design was meant to aid in promoting the use of the network. Still, much is unknown about the design decisions underlying the map.