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Map lover creates Mackintosh-inspired Glasgow rail map

Map lover creates Mackintosh-inspired Glasgow rail map

A map lover has designed a Glasgow railway map inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Map aficionado Maxwell J Roberts has created an Art Deco themed layout of the Glasgow railways featuring the late city architect's distinctive style.

"There are so many books on maps out there," said Maxwell.

"I think when you look at it, there are more maps on peoples walls than in their pockets.

"In 1999, I sat down and looked at a London map and thought 'ooh, I don’t like this very much' - but instead of complaining about it I thought I’d try and make a better one myself.

"I thought it would be interesting to design something that was beautiful."

  (Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired map by Maxwell J Roberts)
via STV via STV

At present, Maxwell designs a map a month, sharing his finished creations on his online newsletter.

His circle maps have already proven extremely popular, not just of railway maps of systems found in London, but also in Brussels, Tokyo, Paris and Moscow.

"A good design is very powerful," said Maxwell.

"People seemed to like my circles maps – one went viral and I was popular in New York for a while."

  (Concentric circles map of the New York Subway by Maxwell J Roberts)
via STV via STV

His latest Glasgow creation is based on the city's large electric suburban rail network and its proud claim of hosting the third-oldest underground metro system in the world.

Delicately designed around the simple, clean lines that Macintosh was known for, Maxwell hopes his interpretation is an acceptable one to Glasgow's keen rail lovers.

"A recurring feature of Macintosh’s style is the grid, softened with subtle curves and integrated decoration," said Maxwell.

"If you wanted, you could use this map to help you visit some of Macintosh’s surviving buildings, but the intention is something quirky and attractive rather than usable and consistent.

"I did work particularly hard on the city centre though. Despite its appearance, it is even a little bit more geographically correct then the official version."

  (Maxwell J Roberts)
via STV via STV
  (Maxwell J Roberts)
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"There are a lot of Macintosh-style souvenirs out there," adds Maxwell.

"Some of the more ersatz ones have a scathing name coined for them - Mockintosh!

"I have to hope that Glasgow's art and design critics are feeling kind this month."

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