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DO NOT try this on your train!

We often hear stories of over crowding on trains and the late arrivals. However these guys in Mumbai seem happy to ride on the outside of this train.

The New London Tube Map


London designer Mark Noad has revamped the London Underground map to be more geographically accurate.

The diagram uses lines set at 30 and 60 degree angles, unlike the original map by Harry Beck that uses 45 degrees angles only.
An interactive version of the map can be viewed on a dedicated website

The Bees Are Back

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The Oyster Card you can wear on your finger?


The Oyster card, London’s electronic travel card system, is something synonymous with natives and visitors alike. Unchanged for 8 years, designer Benjamin Parton thought it was time for a total redesign- something fun and memorable with improved functionality. The Oi is a wearable oyster card that can be worn as a ring or “watchstrap widget.” As easy to identify as it is handy, Oi aims to help ease the confusion caused by passengers fumbling for the old-school cards.

Oi uses the same radio-frequency coil infrastructure as the existing Oyster cards and the final product can be bent and twisted without damaging the internal components and is also unaffected by interference from other radio frequency devices.

Designer: Benjamin Parton

The train ride in….

The subway train in Tokyo is should we say…. a adventure. It is way over crowded and every 80 seconds when it stops, more people board the train and as a result, people push each other to the limits of what is humanly possible as far as optimizing space. People not only have to touch each other, they get pushed until they are close enough to smell each other’s breath and perfume. Most of the commuters who ride that train describe their ride on it as a miserable existence, just trying to hold their breath and hang on until their daily stop.

Photographer Michael Wolf observed this whole phenomenon and decided to take pictures of it. Since so many people get their faces smashed right up to the dirty windows of the train as the crowd pushes them up against it, he chose to photograph that. He spent 30 days in a Tokyo metro station capturing these shots. You can view the whole collection, called Tokyo Compression, at Photo Michael Wolf. At least they save money on window cleaners.

AMAZING Stockholm Subway System

The Kungsträdgården subway station looks like an archaeological excavation, with the remains of the old Stockholm Makalös palace. At Östermalmstorg the artist Siri Derkert highlights women’s rights and peace and environmental issues. The roof of one Stockholm station is red-lit, making it appear to be covered in billowing flames, and another boasts ancient-looking statues carved out of the tunnel walls.

Can you imagine the Metro / Tube looking like this?

Designer: Yves Lombardet