I have a passion for mapping. And as a result, my first instinct when I heard that Washington's Metro would be redesigning their iconic 1976 map was to make my own attempt at a redesign.
The next thought I had, though, was even better. Why not hold a contest to generate a bunch of entries? So I approached David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington about putting one together. And with his help, along with that of Eric Fidler, we built an interface and put together a jury.
I, of course, put together a map. And I hope it wins, but I'll understand if it doesn't. There is a lot of great competition in the contest. I'm glad so many talented mapmakers chose to enter.
But the voting is in your hands! You have until 11:59 tomorrow to vote for the entries you think are best.
There are 17 entries, and you can vote for as many or as few as you like. You rank them, and GGW will use instant runoff voting to determine the winner. The jury will also be selecting a winner.
GGW will announce the winner next week (and I'll reveal which map is mine at that time, as well).
I hope you will all go vote in the contest.
Collage at top by David Alpert (cc).