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How neat are these recently discovered D.C. Metro maps?

Look at what an archivist at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies found last week

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What if the iconic WMATA map was just a series of dots? While going through boxes last week, an archivist at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology found famed designer Massimo Vignelli’s proposed abstract concepts for DC’s metro maps.

“I’m pretty sure I did a little dance and let out a little scream of joy,” Jennifer Whitlock told CityLab in an interview about her discovery. Lance Wyman ended up designing WMATA’s famous map, but take a look at the Vignelli Center’s Instagram posts and consider what might have been. There’s more to be discovered too: Whitlock told CityLab she has so many cardboard portfolios to sift through related to WMATA, it might take her the entire summer to unbox them all.