Matthew Stevenson
Matthew Stevenson

Cool Posters Reimagine NES Video Game Worlds as Subway Maps

Matthew Stevenson
Matthew Stevenson

Graphic designer Matthew Stevenson creates retro video game maps in the style of real-life subway maps, reimagining your favorite virtual heroes' adventures as mundane commutes. His NES Subway Maps project incorporates games like The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, and Metroid. Each one is based off a real subway map from cities like Lisbon, London, and Tokyo. 

"I started with the D.C. Metro map since it was the city I was most familiar with," Stevenson tells Design.Co. "Metroid was one of my first NES games back in 1987 and I remember my brother and I getting seriously frustrated by the maze-like quality of the game world. Metro, Metroid: the idea practically formed itself."

Since then, Stevenson has gone on to create other maps that marry Nintendo and underground transit. Stevenson chooses games with non-linear paths to make the maps more interesting. Games with only one path would appear as straight lines, so titles like Zelda II work much better when drawing out branches and curved lines. 

The key to making a successful map, surprisingly, is not simplicity. When the designs were too minimalistic, they started to lose their familiarity. "One of the things I learned as a designer through this series is that sometimes simplifying a visual system doesn’t necessarily make it easier to use," Stevenson says. "I found myself staring at the finished Moscow Maniac Mansion map saying to myself, 'I know it’s visually simpler, but why does it seem unfamiliar now?'" 

It's pretty amusing to picture Samus or Link listening to a podcast while taking the metro home. You can pick up one of these cool posters on Etsy and Redbubble

[h/t: Co.Design]

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Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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Apple
Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Apple

Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

[h/t CNN]

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