Students from IDC, IIT Bombay designed a Mumbai Suburban Rail map in their assignment for a course in Visual design and the utility of the map has made it viral on Facebook when it was launched online, according to a press statement.
Jaikishan Patel and Snehal Patil, the first year students doing their masters in visual communication, designed the map under the guidance of the their Professor Mandar Rane. I have lived in Mumbai and I know most of things about Mumbai. I felt designing a map would be exciting and of value for people in Mumbai. I researched about it and then understood that though there are a few maps on the internet but none of them is well designed, says Snehal. I like to travel, I have traveled along all the routes for no reason. I am fond of maps. I have Eicher map for all the cities and recently I brought a map for Mumbai, when we decided to work on this project says jaiki (Jaikishan).The duo have managed to design a A4 size printable map which covers all the rail routes including the proposed MRTS Metro.Fitting all the content is an A5 size was a challenge, they said.
The Map has gone through 25 iterations until it reached its current version. Most of the corrections were crowd-sourced and it was a participatory design process. If the map does not gets installed on stations for any reasons, they are ready with a DIY version of the Map and will create a App so people can always carry the map with them, says their Professor Mandar Rane. The team dreams to see the map installed at all the railway stations as a (YAH) You Are Here Maps. Hope railway authorities are keen on taking it ahead. Recently they launched the Hindi version of the map and planning for a Gujarati version soon.