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- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 239mm x 274mm x 13mm | 567g
- Publication date: 30 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0143112651
- ISBN 13: 9780143112655
- Sales rank: 40,890
"Transit Maps of the World" is the first and only comprehensive collection of historic and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. Using glorious, colorful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the history of mass transit-including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs, some available for the first time since their original publication. "Transit Maps" is the graphic designer's new bible, the transport enthusiast's dream collection, and a coffee-table essential for everyone who's ever traveled in a city.
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Born in London in 1963, Mark Ovenden evinced an early fascination with trains and TV that has remained with him over the course of his life. Following college he pursued a number of positions in local government and on the radio promoting progressive attitudes towards gay issues before getting a full time job at BBC Radio 1 as a producer. In 1998 he joined MTV as a freelance Music Programmer, where he gave birth to another production company which went on to produce shows for Atlantic252. There Mark was later taken on as a presenter of a weekly record review show with Chris Coco and as their specialist programmes producer and later breakfast newsreader. When Atlantic252 closed down Mark moved to Ministry Of Sound where he helped set up their DAB station, Ibiza unit and later, as Head of Radio there, ran a popular FM version of the station. Mark moved into consultancy after this working with Purple radio and the DRG.In 2002 while still working in his spare time on his book project he moved to a fledgling TV channel as Channel Manager.Mark Ovenden's "Metro Maps of the World" was published in November 2003 to great critical acclaim. It has since been re-written and updated for the American market and is now published by Penguin as "Transit Maps of the World." Mark currently resides in Paris where he is researching his next book on a century of cartography of the Paris Metro Map. He is also working on several other book projects, a radio sit-com, and a TV travel show.
The sort of book you couldnt imagine you needed until you got it and now you cant imagine how you could do without it . . . Its fantastic! Robert Elms, BBC London Like a "Cond Nast Traveler" magazine for jetsetters with subterranean tendencies. "Metro" Delightful. Oddball. "The Guardian," London A beautifully illustrated study of the plans that help passengers navigate the worlds metropolitan railway systems. "The Times," London An object lesson in information design. "Wallpaper"