The current NY subway map with background colours adjusted to match the Vignelli map by Shawn Sprockett

I saw the animated GIF above on Twitter yesterday, and Shawn was kind enough to share the whole map with me, so I present it here. As Shawn himself says:

I took Vignelli’s color contrast + existing map’s geographic accuracy = the subway map of my dreams.

… cheekily addressing the MTA’s Twitter account and asking them to “please fix.”

Shawn’s revision definitely allows the subway lines (without doubt, the most important element of the map) to stand out from the background, creating a far more defined visual hierarchy (subway information first and foremost, locality information on closer perusal), although perhaps the map looks a little drab overall. What do you think?