• Dec 21, 2011
Cameron Booth, U.S. Routes - Florida focusAs a graphic designer for nearly 20 years, Cameron Booth credits his deep and abiding love for transit maps to his dad's obsession with trains. The Australian-born, Portland, Oregon-based artist has adapted the infographic aesthetic of subway maps to America's road networks, creating some beautiful new artwork in the process.

We think Booth's work serves well as both information and art, particularly his brand-new U.S. Routes map, which includes a number of thoughtful touches (e.g. historical roads hidden as thinner route lines "beneath" current main road networks. (For a massive 4000x view so you can zoom in to see your own area, check out Booth's Flickr page).

Booth tells Autoblog that the experience of creating this map has been an enlightening one:

"Applying a transit map template to a road network makes us look at a familiar system in a new way: Instead of the familiarity and detail of a geographically accurate road map, we're instead presented with simplified routes, connections and bright colors. It also could be interpreted as a reflection on America's love affair with cars."

The U.S Routes project was quite a challenge – far more than Booth's previous maps, which includes the less involved but equally striking Interstate Highway graphic. Taking over a year to complete, Booth admits that this is probably his toughest-ever undertaking.

The artist is now taking prepaid orders for U.S. Routes prints in various sizes, but the holidays and a need to get a print run together will mean that those orders probably won't be processed until some time in early January. Check out more detailed shots of U.S. Routes, as well as his work (including some great photography) at his website, www.cambooth.net, and if you're interested in ordering one of his prints, click here.


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      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting art of questionable utility, clear novelty, and subjective beauty.
      Robert Robinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      If only he'd used the actual route numbers instead of random made-up numbers, it would have been more useful and comprehensible.
        Cameron Booth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Robinson
        I can assure you these are the real route numbers - for U.S. Highways (like Route 66, U.S. 101). You may be thinking of Interstates (I-80, I-75), which are a completely different network. This map is my work, by the way.
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cameron Booth
          It made sense to me; aside from the curious omission of the cities where two routes meet; e.g. Routes 89 and 80 at Tucson -- in fact those historic routes cross over in that city, 100 miles to the south of Phoenix, rather than somewhat to the west of Phoenix, as your illustration has it.
          Cameron Booth
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cameron Booth
          @creamwobbly: Cities on defunct routes (the thin lines) generally aren't named unless there's also a current route (thick line) present. Tucson would be at the point where US 89 leaves US 80 to head south to Nogales. US 80 and 89 ran concurrently (that is, on the same physical roadway) from Phoenix to Tuscon (I've just double-checked this), so the map shows this fairly accurately - maybe the marker for Phoenix needs to be a little further west to be truly in the right place.
      eljay001
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most of these roads were built decades and decades ago which are now handling traffic volumes that the original designers never dreamed of. Then we built interstates decades and decades ago which are now handling traffic volumes that the original designers never dreamed of. And now we're told that we can't afford to do squat with our infrastructure.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      many many people are coming to realization there can be no grand vision in US anymore, like that which enabled us to even build highway system, i.e the 1964 interstate trans act or even civilian conservation corps US is too big to do anything like communist china...sure it is bad because it is communism but it doesn't stop brainless people from supporting communist mart every single day to point it is largest employer in world... note to below comment re: unions, you must enjoy paying health care of every single mao mart employee...everybody against unions should pay ALL of it.... a couple of state make up 99% of GDP in US...CA is now 7th largest world economy standing alone...I don't think it would mind being its' own country and not being hamstrung by backwards obstructionists....texas secessionists like perry? what's stopping you???? vermont enjoy your plentiful milk and cheese with which you can trade for other 'essentials'!!
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @upstategreenie
        texas secessionists like perry? Read much?
      Siafa Alvin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always felt that the US should be connected by interstate subway systems, but just needed to raise the capital to get it done and visualize the project. Since Mr. Booth did the heavy lifting, it looks like I'll just have to raise a couple of billion dollars now. No big deal.
        Siafa Alvin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Siafa Alvin
        Wait what? Why'd I get downvoted ?? I just really like metro rail/trains :(
        PikeAndPine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Siafa Alvin
        the problem is that there are too many visualizers and not enough dictators to morph reality enough to make these things possible. It is not about "connecting" people but servicing daily passnagers that live along the route. Density, Frequency of stops, a large volume of daily riders, having the tracks used for shipping cargo will all help to make any rail project possible. All that's left is the dictator who'll uproot people out of their homes into dense urban multi-level dwellings, and then maybe we have a chance.
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PikeAndPine
          It seems you're confused about where a subway lives. In most cases, the railway station already exists. You don't need high speed rail for the last 2 mile, so everything's there. It's the stretches in between that need upgrading, and they cut through nothing so much as wide open spaces.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh.
      Justin Garak
      • 3 Years Ago
      forget the war in Iraq or the stimulus package, this is actually doable if the public sector wasn't so plagued with unions.
      Colin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately this schematic is not original. Harry Beck invented the modern plan for the London Underground in 1931 and this has been imitated around the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Beck
      Mohammad Shakil Seo
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you have favorite run on the highway system easily, so use a good car head lights and Crash survivors .This technology has proved more efficient and reliable solution. In driver manual shifting the vehicle left over night stay and the signal beam is included in the manual. http://www.autodipnths.com/highway-system.html
      skelley
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ XiLhBJDihny0D9gK That map you're referring to was done by the same artist - Cameron Booth. It was the US Interstate System done in this same style. This one is all of the US Highways - an incredible undertaking with amazing results (in my opinion).
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      there should be more doers...I was a visualizer...but butt heads enough with the 'system' and the 'man' i.e incompetent 'gubbmint' bureacracy and you get burned out...another reason OWS exists is because young people who want to make a diff. and have ideas are purposely being left out..thanks to special interests. there is no outlet for creativity in the US. it seems amazing we had edisons and franklins etc...today nothing good can happen. too many special interests in our govt. holding progress hostage....let's call it like it is!!!!! most of our visionaries were immigrants anyway not illegal immigrants escaping manmade climte change like now but visionaries who USED to flock to US for better chance of 'making it'...I think this has also run its course. most are not smart enough and have any foresight and are trained and conditioned by certain vested interests to be scared of your own shadow..... remember 'there is no lost opportunity, somebody ELSE will take it'. also the canon comes to mind with respect to our dysfunctional govt run by career politicians and snake oil salesman not engineers or scientists like communist china: Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people eleanor roosevelt. Every day I think what the he!! has happened to US...it is extremely depressing all the time. I have to boycott mao mart because there is just an almost palpable cloud of negativity in that communist place. like people consigned to fact that they are helping communist while going to some weekend whinefest and rationalize they are being 'patriotic'. anyway carry on!!!!!!
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