The New York Subway Map Debate

Edited by Gary Hustwit, with
never-before-seen photographs by Stan
Ries, and a foreword by Paula Scher

The EPA System History

By Jesse Reed and
Hamish Smyth

Directed by
Harrison Boyce

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The discovery of a lost audio recording sheds new light on a pivotal event in design history: the 1978 debate between designer Massimo Vignelli and cartographer John Tauranac over the future of the NYC Subway Map. The New York Subway Map Debate features the full transcript and discussions that followed, along with never-before-seen photographs of the evening by Stan Ries. Edited by filmmaker and design historian Gary Hustwit, with a foreword by designer Paula Scher.


140 pages
5 × 9"
127 × 228.6 mm
CMYK + PMS 185 spot color
Smyth sewn
Printed in the USA



The New York Subway Debate text © The Cooper Union Archives and Special Collections

Photographs © Stan Ries

Maps © New York City Transit Authority

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Foreword: Paula Scher
Edited: Gary Hustwit

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