Guest lecture on transit maps

On April 10, 2017, the Research Group Cartography at TU Wien hosted a CartoTalk by Maxwell Roberts from University of Essex, UK.

In his presentation, Maxwell Roberts discussed the criteria necessary for effective visual information design, and suggested that the optimum rules for a schematic map depend on the structure of the network, and that octolinearity may sometimes be inappropriate. To illustrate this, he described usability studies in which people’s planning performance was measured objectively using different map versions. Maxwell Roberts also showed how an exploration of design, in which rules are manipulated systematically, can highlight issues when applied to the London and Berlin networks.

For more information about his research, projects, and public lectures, visit