The map of the Slovak railways is created in a schematic modernist style. It refers to the New York subway scheme created by Massimo Vignelli in 1972. The map contains a complete network of Slovak railways - including the nonfunctioning ones, all junctions and stops, important Slovak rivers, names of regions and illustrations of twenty architectural railroad monuments. The map was published by the civic association Čierne diery.
Every map as a product of design is carrying certain message. A map is data visualisation, a map is never autonomous and 100% objective piece of information. Famous and one of the oldest schematic transport maps is the one of the lines, stations and services of the London Underground, known colloquially as "the Tube". The first schematic Tube map was designed by Harry Beck in 1931.
A more "lifelike" geographical map and shapes of lines presented restrictions for sufficient clarity of detail. Beck devised a simplified map with stations, straight-line segments connecting them, and the River Thames; and lines running only vertically, horizontally, or on 45° diagonals. Now we are used to this graphic representaion of otherwise very complicated and complex traffic reality.
Ondrej Jób did an impressive job to unify and arrange the maze of Slovak railway system to look clean and simple. This map is suitable not only for wayfinding but also as a guide to study the dynamics of traffic development through history. We can explore the closed tracks and find out more about several architectural monuments in the acompanying texts.
The selection of these objects shows certain attitude of traffic nostalgia, when back in the times, beeing an employee of the Railway company was a highly respected job. Railways are symbol of technical progress, victory of the mankind in conquering the land, exploring, adventure etc. This map may also become a symbolic collectors artefact.