I’m not a big fan of the Amsterdam Metro. In fact, I never thought I’d find myself writing a post inspired by Amsterdam’s public transportation system, and certainly not the Metro! However, travelling in the Metro has become a much more enjoyable experience in the past few months after a complete makeover of the interior. Gone are the graffiti (the type that could hardly be considered artistic) and smudged walls and seats. Stepping into the Amsterdam Metro these days is like taking a breath of fresh air. Commuters are now greeted by a range of stunning designs which are soothing to the eye and absolutely inspiring. The underwater world theme, with its colourful tropical fish, turtles and mermaids is striking but other designs I love include one which features flying musical instruments and city scenes in Delft Blue.
177 Connections to Amsterdam
You never know what you’re going to see when you step into the Amsterdam Metro as there are a wide variety of designs. When I used the Metro yesterday, I was confronted with a new design that spoke straight to my heart. The theme was “177 Connections to Amsterdam”, a reference to the 177 nationalities that live in the city. Throughout the car were little boxes with statistics on the capital cities of these countries such as the population, national income, annual rainfall and the number of people from this country living in Amsterdam.
I contacted the design bureaus who created this concept and this is what they had to say about the ‘177 Connections to Amsterdam’ theme:
With 177 different nationalities living in Amsterdam it has the largest number of different nationalities of all the capital cities in the world. This infographic gives an overview of the geographical and national statistics of the capitals of these 177 nationalities. The lines represent the migration of these nationalities to Amsterdam and the thickness of each line represents the number of people of that specific nationality living in Amsterdam.
Being a geography and data freak, I was filled with delight and walked around the metro car, examining every box, like a kid in a candy store! Seriously, my hat’s off to the designers at Clever Franke and Uber-Stuff who created this concept! Art+Education = Inspiration! And I was certainly inspired!
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