NY Train Project

US art director Adam Chang has been documenting New York’s subway signs for about a year. But rather than photographing the tiled lettering used to show station names he renders each one digitally, adding them to an evolving visual blog of the system’s signage

US art director Adam Chang has been documenting New York’s subway signs for about a year. But rather than photographing the tiled lettering used to show station names he renders each one digitally, adding them to an evolving visual blog of the system’s signage…

 

 

“One day while waiting for the 6 train at the Bleecker stop, I began to notice the intricate details of the carefully placed tiles in the station sign,” Chang writes on nytrainproject.com.

“Which led me to noticing other station signs and how they were all different, infused with the personality of the neighbourhood. I decided that I wanted to share this with others by creating an online gallery of subways stations in NYC, starting with Manhattan.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty hours of riding – and waiting – for trains later and Chang has a lovely series of illustrated tile pieces up on his NY Train Project site, covering 118 stations.

Digitally illustrating rather than photographing the signs enables the artwork to have a level of consistency, Chang exaplined on Mashable, and also highlights just how varied the signage is on the system: with modernist type jostling alongside more ornately tiled lettering.

 

 

See the series to date at nytrainproject.com and follow Chang on Twitter via @sametomorrow. All images are by Adam Chang, from NY Train Project


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