THIS SITE, AND THE MAP ITSELF ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
The Digital Map
I have purchased Affinity Designer and am learning the ropes with the software. It is a good purchase for those looking for an alternative to Adobe Illustrator. It had no issues at all with all the layers - the line paths, the station markers, interchange symbols and of course the station names - there are over 1000 stations on the map currently.
To try out the software, what I have done is traced the map from a photo onto the computer to gauge what happens. I have something - but it is indeed extremely rough and messy. But I’d like to show you all where I’m at.
The map I have drawn is by no means the final version of the map. Absolutely no way. It breaks many of my so called ‘design standards’. Station names too long that some letters end up in the lines. Interchange symbols where the line kinks. Station markers too close to a kink. What I intend to do in the final version of the map is incorporate all my design standards.
I noticed a few challenges I will have on my hands for the redesign. For one - fonts tend to have wider individual characters compared to my relatively narrow handwriting. Even with kerning (character spacing) being reduced, station names are still touching the actual lines. It looks like the iconic circle is going to be changed to an ellipse for the redesign of the map. Compared to West St. Jacques, North St. Jacques has always looked a lot more cramped as the lines are closer together. An ellipse will help balance out the map overall. It's still a distinct shape that will jump out of the map (and I can get rid of those pesky 30° angles on lines 2 and 3 which have always previously been part of the map.
Included in the digital map will be grid lines, zones and an index of stations.
I am also hand-drawing the map (the circle will remain a circle) in conjunction with the digital version - because hand-drawn always looks very nice and artistic.
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ARE YOU ON THE MAP?
The vast majority of stations on this map have been named after people I know (and a few celebrities and other people, who I haven’t met personally, also have stations. For instance, my favourite YouTuber has got a station named after her).
If I’ve met you after August 2012 and you’ve made a lasting impression - then you have a station on the map. It’s a big map - so have a go finding your station (you can always FB message me if you can’t find your station!)
For hints - several areas (and lines) are devised for people in certain groups:- here’s a list: (clockwise from NW):-
- North West (Lines 2, 8, 9, K) - People I met at the Imperial Afro-Caribbean Society. I had a lot of fun taking part in their yearly Afrogala performance.
- North West (Line 15) - A great group of people I currently work with - who help out with the production of London Underground timetables.
- North (Lines 2, 3, 10, 16, L) - People I met at the Imperial College Dodgeball Society. I’d love to get back into dodgeball. I didn’t take advantage of heading with one of my ex-housemates, who plays dodgeball. One day…
- North and North-East (Lines 3, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, L, TLR) - People I have met whilst playing baseball with the London Mets Club (Note that I have a tiny section way down South for a few people who play on the higher up teams).
- North-East (Lines 8, L, TLR) - This was a preliminary section for the London Raiders - but for such a huge club - it was clear that the section would be far too small for them. I have kept the stations because many of the people who ended up on that section are very good friends.
- North-East (Tropical Zone) (Line 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, K, TLR) - This section on the north-east corner of the map (which stretches quite far, mind) - is for all the people I’ve met in Corsica over the years. Family members included.
- East and South-East (Lines 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, F, L, J, M, R, T2, T10, PM) - The Raiders have completely and utterly crowded the South East section of the map - booting out many stations! It’s so funny to see how small their original section was. And I’ll be meeting moree next year (and hope to stay with the club - please place me on a higher team next year!) I have included a few other softballs from other teams who I have met. Blame the Raiders for the map needing a redesign - an Overground Line and new Tram Line was added specifically for them.
- South-East (Lines 18, E, F, J, M, T, T1, T2, T3, T5, T7) - This section is for people I met whilst working at Tower Transit, one of several bus companies operating buses in London.
- South (Lines 4, 18, C, P, T, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5) - A small section being built for my mum’s side of the family - including the prize station for my mum herself.
- South (Lines 14, 18, J, M) - A small section for people on my dad’s side of the family, the majority of who are in America (there are stations dispersed elsewhere).
- South-West (Lines 6, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, D, J, M, P) - This section is for old Owenians. You have made it onto the map if you fit under two categories - if you were a very good friend of mine throughout school (and I count from Year 7 to Year 13), I have given you a station. I have also given stations to people who I have met several times after we graduated from school in 2012. For those who didn’t make it, I may redesign my DAOS network when I have free time. I’m very selective though of the people who made it here.
- South-West (Line 6) - This section has a few stations for a small number of people who I met on the Metanet Forums (not in person of course). Metanet being those responsible for N, The Way of The Ninja (known to many of you as Stickman Adventures).
- West (Lines 6, 7, 10, H, J) - This section is for bus enthusiasts I have met at bus garage open days and other bus related events. We’re part of the crazy group of people who love buses.
- West and North-West (Lines 2, 5, 12, 17 and 18) - This section is for my current colleagues, the group of London Underground timetablers who work very hard to timetable not only the tube lines, but create timetables for engineering works as well. (I’ve never timetabled a full tube line, and expect to be starting this very soon, I hope - my dream lines would be District, Piccadilly, a stab at the Central, or a full Victoria line book. I’d love to have a go on a line I’ve never touched, Jubilee and Northern in particular). This was one reason for redesigning the map - as I wanted for these people to have stations on Underground lines only.
- West (Lines 5, 7, 18) - This section is for people who I met on the Deal or No Deal forums. If you’ve looked through my website you know I’m a fan. (They find themselves sandwiched within the section of Underground timetables). I’ve only met one in person but I’ve enjoyed some zoom calls with some of them!
- Central - All Imperial College Chemists that I met are in the centre of the circle. Well, I tried my best to include EVERY single person in my year for Imperial Chemistry. All except one person should have a station on my map, hope I haven’t missed anyone out (but the aforementioned one person).
- Line 4 - This section is mostly for people who I met at Gabor Hall - people on my floor being closer to the centre.
- Lines G and H - Most of these lines (part of Line G was originally Line 19) house the stations of all the people I met at the Imperial College Baseball society. A few people have their stations at the end of Line T4).
- Line T6 - This line is dedicated to our counterpart team at London Underground - the schedules team which sort out the driver shifts for each day. We work them very hard but they do a great job.
This should help you locate your station.
Unfortunately, I may have forgotten a few people. If you think you deserve a station, you can always send me a message, stating why you deserve to be on the map. I’d also love to hear your thoughts and always appreciate a little bit of encouragement ðŸ˜¸
Once the map is completed, I’d like to make it more interactive. You can search by station and by names of people. You can click on a station to see who it’s named after, where I met them and a short memory I have of them. Also listed will be a list of bus routes serving the station. If I’m up for it I may make a journey planner too (and randomised engineering works, yes there will be engineering works!)
I would love to sell fold up prints of the map - or a small section of the map with one’s station on it, including the memory of said person. This will be in the future though, when it’s done!
I mentioned buses. Come on - you just know I have a bus network devised for the city. I will also add bus routes as well and which stations they serve
Welcome to St. Jacques, our beautiful city. Our aim is to get you around the city efficiently and ecologically. Simply put, we'll take you there!
We operate 18 Metro lines, 9 Overground lines, 6 Crossrail lines, 11 tram routes, a comprehensive light rail system and a cool people mover. We also operate 700 bus routes, along with a cycle hire scheme.
Why use the car? We'll take you there!
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This section is intended to be an interactive display of my artwork, which is a metro map of a fantasy city (not based on London), with stations named after people I have met throughout my life (since 2012), and people who I look up to (and a few I fancy hehe).
It is currently going through a redesign, and is intended to be drawn on the computer, where it can be more interactive. For now, it looks like this.
A previous version is seen below. The new version will add more tram lines, more Overground lines, a fully realised Crossrail system amongst other things. I cannot wait to finish it.
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