Check out this new Ekaterinburg metro map:
Designed by Pasha Omelyohin, directed by myself.
A large metro network works like teleport: people don’t care how it gets you from point A to point B, it just does. In London, Paris or Moscow metro maps do not show the surface geography: there is no room. And for many people, the metro map is the map of the city.
But that’s not the case for the small metros. Designing a map for a small metro this way makes no sense:
This does not contain any new information compared to a plain list of stations. The need to simplify and get rid of surface details only occurs when the complexity of the map gets in the way of finding your route. Ekaterinburg does not have this problem.
When there is one metro line, there is no teleport effect. It is very important to show how the metro is connected to the surface:
That’s why we list the routes of buses, trolleybuses and trams, show metro exit locations, nearby streets, parks, the river Iset, railway and coach stations: