A User-Friendly System for the MBTA
Architectural and graphic design standards for MBTA station modernization in Boston
Cambridge Seven Associates was responsible for the introduction of the MBTA’s now-famous “spider map,” which has since been replicated in countries around the world. In addition, the firm introduced Station Design Standards for the MBTA almost 50 years ago, and these standards have stood the test of time, providing guidelines for station modernization including architectural planning, circulation, materials, lighting, and station hardware. Working with the MBTA, new names and system color codes for each transit line, as well as graphic standards for maps and signage were developed. The Arlington subway station in downtown Boston was remodeled in 1968 as a materials test site and demonstration of the new design standards and components.
In this CultureNOW podcast, C7A Principal Charles Redmon explains the development of graphics and wayfinding standards for the MBTA. Cambridge Seven Associates was responsible for the introduction of the MBTA’s now-famous “spider map,” which has been replicated in countries around the world. …
Mimi Zeger from Domus interviews curators Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo and Mark Pasnik of pinkcomma about “In Form: Communicating the city,” an exhibit in the BSA Space designed to increase the public’s understanding of Boston. Cambridge Seven Associates designed two of the …