Take that, geospatial relationships.
I misread an advertisement on a bus shelter in Trondheim...it was just a bunch of product-related icons sorted on a few spiraling lines, but at first glance I thought it was a transit map... it gave me an idea. I immediately made my way back to my hostel & sketched it out in the only software I had handy at the moment -- Microsoft Paint (1st draft)
Behold: DC Metro ... in a spiral. It includes the Farragut pairing but passes over a couple more complex details such as the Yellow Line running to Greenbelt, Blue Line using the Yellow Line Bridge, and I made a number of names a touch more concise. This should be the final version barring any major glaring errors, though I might add in those two omissions... no reason I can't other than a preference to get some sleep instead of keep working on this.
It was really quite fortunate that all the lines & stations fit together such that this was even feasible. Even more: I could alternate between hot and cold colors to help maintain contrast. It only took me about 30 minutes to determine it was possible & to lay out its general form, though quite a bit longer to try and make it somewhat aesthetic. I kind of wish I could make the spiral a bit more compact, but my Illustrator skills only went so far and How To videos didn't seem to cover that goal.
Designed in Adobe Illustrator CS5 ... a program I know not what I do
2012 03 xx - Featured on Infographic Database
2011 11 18 - Featured on Stochasticity
2011 11 18 - Featured on Fuck Yeah Cartography!
2011 11 16 - Featured on Transit Maps
2011 11 03 - Used by We Love DC
2011 07 25 - Used by DC Chillin'
2011 07 20 - Linked in Bernie Wagenblast's daily Transportation Communications Newsletter
2011 07 19 - Shared by the Sun Foundation
2011 07 19 - Featured on Human Transit
2011 07 19 - Featured on Greater Greater Washington
2011 07 19 - Used on Prince of Petworth
2011 07 14 - 2nd draft made the evening links on DCist
2011 07 14 - 2nd draft retweeted by perkinsms
2011 07 14 - 2nd draft retweeted by wmataplusside
I've loved the response to this, though one thing that's been really interesting has been the multitude of interpretations -- largely around what constitutes a "map". My two cents: a map is something you can use to get from point A to point B... it doesn't have to be efficient, so long as all the information is there. It doesn't even have to be geographical: it could be a mapped out strategy for any variety of things. But in the geographic sense: this map has all that you need to navigate the system. My opinion is that it's a map... it's just not a good one. :)