Design Curiosities: WalkNYC & PentaCityGroup

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

WalkNYC is the New York City Department of Transportation’s brand new, citywide, kiosk map program. The entire wayfinding system was designed to help pedestrians (locals and tourists alike) navigate the streets of NYC. Design, planning, and implementation was carried out by PentaCityGroup, a top-notch design consortium made up of City ID, Billings Jackson Design, Pentagram, RBA Group, and T-Kartor. Pentagram created some beautiful illustrations of NYC landmarks for the maps, along with a set of really nice icons that match Helvetica perfectly. In addition, a customized version of Helvetica was created by Monotype for the program. This variant replaces Helvetica’s square dots with round ones. A nice touch. WalkNYC will cover much of downtown and midtown Manhattan by the end of this year. I can’t wait to see one in person.