I was asked to design custom wallpaper. Now, I’ve designed patterns for fabric many times before and found this to be just the same. It’s just an all-over, seamlessly repeating pattern. This time the subject was the New York City subway system. The map was suggested, but if you’ve ever looked at with an eye to make it repeat endlessly it would be maddening and not something one could stand looking at for long, much less live or work with. Being a major fan of the system, I was beyond thrilled to take this on. I decided to use the signage and train routing information. This gives you lots of color and something managable to work with. I designed it in two colorways. Any of you New Yorkers can check me on the listings. With the exception of dropping a few stops due to redundency, the listings are correct. And the route names are correct. In design, you have to do your research. If you don’t you’ll just make yourself and your client look bad.
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