Yokohama Metro map : a masterpiece of information architecture
This metro map taken in Yokohama’s China-town (Japan) is a masterpiece of information architecture.
It displays only helpful information in a minimal space and is understandable by pretty much everyone (including non-Japanese reading users)
Let me detail it a bit (some parts might be wrong):
- The station where you take off is in red (bottom-down), in big.
- stations shown are the ones you can stop by with the same physical train
- Black dots show the station where the express trains stop by (white dot are the skipped stations )
- each color is a different railways companies (the color of the line)
- All the connections with other lines for each station are indicated clearly (name and associated pictogram)
- Japanese and roman characters (with two directions of writing, vertically and horizontally, that fits naturally) are both written each time
- There’s enough space for updates (new line extensions)