This is the third and final part of my case study about information design in public transportation. Previous thoughts: Part 1. Information design in public transportationPart 2. Information design in public transportation

Paris has always been small but densely populated, with the population packed within the city walls since the Middle Ages. As late as 1610 it was possible to walk from one side of the city to the other in about thirty minutes. As the city grows, the development of urban transport follows and the city has now become a major railway, highway and air-transport hub…

Credits: Anne Morel

In the first part of this case study, I explained the principles of the schematic map used to represent Paris’ transit system. Schematic diagrams are a popular and efficient way to map the transit system of urban cities. However, with the increase in the number of stations and the rapid development of infrastructure, it got me wondering if this representation is still up-to-date and if it is the best way to help passengers navigate…

In theory, public transportation should be really simple. Read a map, plan your route and occasionally maybe change trains. …

Translated in English here.

Au cours des siècles derniers, les cartographes (qui sont en réalité les pionniers du design d’information) avaient pour mission de cartographier le monde en tenant compte de certaines terres inconnues. Ces espaces blancs où ils manquaient des informations étaient alors couverts par des illustrations fictives (des monstres des mers ou des îlots imaginaires) par nécessité de combler ce manque d’informations plus que par soucis esthétique.

Aujourd’hui, c’est tout l’inverse. L’accès aux informations ne fait que grandir, et c’est surprenant de voir les quantités de données que nous absorbons, parfois même sans le vouloir. Le design d’information

Credits: Anne Morel

This is the first article of my case study divided into three parts. Here you can find the second part and the third part.

In the past centuries, cartographers — the true pioneers of information design — mapped out the world with all the intricate details they discovered. Of course, not everything could be unearthed at once, so there was often leftover spots on the paper for the great unknown. These white spaces were then covered by fantasy illustrations like sea monsters or imaginary islands in order to fill out the lacking pieces of information.

Today it’s almost the opposite…

Commuting in bustling Paris every day, I am curious to figure out how could we lead towards a new approach to mobility in urban areas. Indeed, the French capital may be known as the city of lights but for many of the drivers that live here, it is also known as the city of wasting your time in your car during traffic jam. And if you ask me, that’s not surprising. Cars first became an integral part of the Parisian landscape in the 1920–1930s with the boom of private car ownership. But today, as the population has risen, jam conditions…

Parce qu’il est de plus en plus contraignant dans une grande ville comme Paris de posséder une voiture, la capitale française a vu se développer une offre croissante de services d’auto-partage. Favorisant la décongestion des grandes villes, certaines de ces solutions alternatives d’accès à la mobilité militent également en faveur des énergies propres. Nous nous sommes donc intéressés aux trottinettes électriques qui envahissent les rues de Paris depuis cet été. On trouve deux concurrents actifs sur le marché: LimeBike (start-up californienne désormais rattachée à Uber) et Bird, implantés respectivement en juin et août 2018.

Quels sont les différents services que…

Anne Morel

product designer at Reelevant |

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