Those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook may have already seen the announcement of my latest and largest mapping project – the Melbourne Transport Map.
This will be a map displaying all public transport options within Greater Melbourne.
As this is such a large undertaking, I have decided to take a different approach to one that a designer might normally use. Rather than deciding key features of the map myself, it seems much more sensible to ask other people what they would like to see on such a map.
The short survey asks users a series of questions about preferred map attributes. Importantly, I have included a section about priorities. This is because while there is an almost unlimited amount of information out there that could be included in a transport map, what should be included is a very different topic. This is not just about the limited space available but also about the intended purpose, audience and scope of the map.
Since releasing the survey last week, I have received over 90 responses. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far! It’s a great response rate and there has been a lot of useful feedback.
I will be keeping this open for a few weeks longer to allows others who participate. As Craig mentioned on Twitter, I am also interested in the views of non-transport nerds/gunzels, as the map is intended for use by as many people as possible.
Depending on how the process pans out from here, I may put out more surveys about more specific aspects of the map. This will become more relevant as I begin to develop drafts and specific concepts about what the map could look like.
I should also add that the survey is not a definitive referendum or vote on what is ultimately included – rather that this will hopefully make the final design useful and accessible to more people than would otherwise be the case.
Updates will be posted on this site as I work through the project. I also hope to explain the thinking and process of making this map a little more, as well as publish some drafts once I reach that stage.
In the meantime, if you have not done so already, I would greatly appreciate filling out the survey located on the Melbourne Transport Map website.
As always, if you have any further feedback, suggestions or comments, please feel welcome to leave a comment below or otherwise contact me separately.