The London Underground Map is a global icon of graphic design. Yet its creator, engineer Harry Beck, spent years refining his creation with little financial reward.
Attempts to design an Underground Map began as early as 1908. As London expanded this endeavour became more difficult. Bearing in mind that London is an amalgamation of villages, not a simple grid or radial city like New York or Paris, creating a functional map was challenging.
Harry Beck was painstaking in his endeavours to provide London Tube passengers with a map of the Underground which would make it easy for them, whether regular users or strangers to the city, to get to their destinations with ease.