Despite the approachable abstracted lines and rainbow colors of subway maps, the systems they represent are mind-bogglingly complex. The web of alternated routes and hours, and seemingly miles-long transfers are hidden behind Vignelli-style graphics that suggest smooth passage across metropolitan domains.
That is why the "Game of Thrones" subway map by University of Cincinnati architecture alumnus and graphic designer Michael Tyznik is so important for understanding the fictional land of Westeros and The Known World. He made a complete set of maps based on the locations in the show, inspired by the fictional subway maps of Cameron Booth and his Transit Maps Tumblr. They are available for purchase at his store, and on his Flickr page in hi-res, for preview.
We've previously explored the fictional world of "Game of Thrones" on Architizer, but it's nice to see it mapped out. The diagrams are derived from and illustrate the books, making them easier to visualize. There are small details, too, such as out-of-service stations that correspond with the plot. Even though they are not really connected by rail, this simplification is key to understanding the relationships of places with other places. When connected by subway, it effectively eliminates the experience of the space between them. Distances don't really matter, only stops.
The maps recall the fake maps of cities in the US, such as Cincinnati, where designers are trying to raise awareness of mass-transit in car-centric cities. Tyznik even made one of Columbus, Ohio. These are usually based more on the London or Chicago maps than the New York map, as they use white backgrounds and filleted lines rather than swooping strokes.