Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mumbaikars to get a local train Map.




IDC, IIT Bombay, 
 

Students from IDC, IIT Bombay designed a Mumbai Suburban Rail map in their assignment for a course in Visual design and the utility of the map has made it viral on Facebook when it was launched online. 

Jaikishan Patel and Snehal Patil, the first year students doing their masters in visual communication, designed the map under the guidance of the their Professor Mandar Rane. 

I have lived in Mumbai and I know most of things about Mumbai. I felt designing a map would be exciting and of value for people in Mumbai. I researched about it and then understood that though there are a few maps on the internet but none of them is well designed, says Snehal. 

I like to travel, I have traveled along all the routes for no reason. I am fond of maps. I have Eicher map for all the cities and recently I brought a map for Mumbai, when we decided to work on this project says jaiki (jaikishan).The duo have managed to design a A4 size printable map which covers all the rail routes including the proposed MRTS Metro.Fitting all the content is an A5 size was a challenge, they said.

The Map has gone through 25 iterations until it reached its current version. Most of the corrections were crowd-sourced and it was a participatory design process. If the map does not gets installed on stations for any reasons, they are ready with a DIY version of the Map and will create a App so people can always carry the map with them, says their Professor Mandar Rane. 

The team dreams to see the map installed at all the railway stations as a (YAH) You Are Here Maps. Hope railway authorities are keen on taking it ahead. Recently they launched the Hindi version of the map and planning for a Gujarati version soon.

Download the map from this link: www.mrane.com/railmap.php

Organization: IDC - Industrial Design centre - IIT Bombay
People: Prof.Mandar Rane
Students: Jaikishan Patel and Snehal Patil

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