Modern Consumption No. 1: On the original design for NYC’s subway map:

Vignelli had actually envisioned the map as a four-part complimentary system: the stylized map providing the basic route information; a geographic map showing the surface and the relationship between the subway and the city; a neighborhood map providing information of the area around the station and surface connections; and a verbal map to provide instruction on how to reach a destination from a particular station.

And now we can collapse everything — including real-time destination plotting, arrival times, satellite imagery, even reviews of nearby restaurants — on a pocket device.