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I know that reading huge blocks of text isn’t for everybody, so I’ve included what I think is one of the best visual representations of information constructed by man. Below (click on it to see it in its unadulterated, full sized glory) is a picture of a map for the London underground. At a glance, knowing nothing about London, I can see that to get from, say, Northwood to Kingsbury, I have to transfer at Wembley Park. It’s clear, simplifies a great deal of complexity, wastes no space at all, and packs information about connections between locations, routes, transfers, times of service, and transit agencies into a single image. It’s beautiful.

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