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October 31, 2012
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The curious case of Microsoft’s Metro, a design language that cannot be spoken
Microsoft’s Metro design language has gone through a name change of late. Used to describe the company’s design principles around typography and minimal graphics, Metro is now referred to as the “Microsoft design language.” 

More companies should put focus on systems of design like this. Simply put, these are the new highways and mass-transit systems, and we need to treat them that way.

thisistheverge:

The curious case of Microsoft’s Metro, a design language that cannot be spoken

Microsoft’s Metro design language has gone through a name change of late. Used to describe the company’s design principles around typography and minimal graphics, Metro is now referred to as the “Microsoft design language.” 

More companies should put focus on systems of design like this. Simply put, these are the new highways and mass-transit systems, and we need to treat them that way.

9:46 // 1 year ago
July 6, 2012
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March 19, 2012
21:35 // 2 years ago
January 19, 2012
DC Metro workers accused of robbing fare machines to buy lottery tickets
Stealing to gamble: Two DC-area Metro workers have been arrested, accused of a scheme to steal coins from fare machines and spend them on lottery tickets. Federal prosecutors allege the duo, John Haile and Horace McDade, defrauded the machines while on shift together; the investigation was launched after a source reported that Haile would regularly buy lottery tickets using bags of $500 or so, all in coins. Is it that hard to find a Coinstar, man? Haile’s records, and this is the crazy part, show $150,000 in unexplained income since 2008. As lottery officials told the authorities, to secure even just the winnings confirmed to them, he had to have been buying “an extraordinary amount of tickets.” (Photo by Eric Fisher) source
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Stealing to gamble: Two DC-area Metro workers have been arrested, accused of a scheme to steal coins from fare machines and spend them on lottery tickets. Federal prosecutors allege the duo, John Haile and Horace McDade, defrauded the machines while on shift together; the investigation was launched after a source reported that Haile would regularly buy lottery tickets using bags of $500 or so, all in coins. Is it that hard to find a Coinstar, man? Haile’s records, and this is the crazy part, show $150,000 in unexplained income since 2008. As lottery officials told the authorities, to secure even just the winnings confirmed to them, he had to have been buying “an extraordinary amount of tickets.” (Photo by Eric Fisher) source

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14:25 // 2 years ago
September 16, 2011
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19:00 // 3 years ago
June 5, 2011
The guy who designed DC’s Metro map preps for a redesign
A classic design gets a refresh: Nearly 40 years ago, graphic designer Lance Wyman designed a map that’s come to define a city. The result — a map of a fairly self-contained Metro system — has survived numerous station changes and many iterations to remain a truly useful piece of work. With upcoming changes to the Metro system that will make the map significantly more complicated, Wyman’s getting another chance to work on the design, which needs room for Dulles Airport, a new color and a ton of names that have gotten unwieldy over the years (see “U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo”). And people are clamoring for a redesign — seriously, check out this contest right here. If you’re wondering if the 73-year-old Wyman is getting nervous about all this, the answer is yes. This is his ‘68 Comeback Special here. (photo by The Washington Post’s Jennifer S. Altman; see a gallery here) source
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A classic design gets a refresh: Nearly 40 years ago, graphic designer Lance Wyman designed a map that’s come to define a city. The result — a map of a fairly self-contained Metro system — has survived numerous station changes and many iterations to remain a truly useful piece of work. With upcoming changes to the Metro system that will make the map significantly more complicated, Wyman’s getting another chance to work on the design, which needs room for Dulles Airport, a new color and a ton of names that have gotten unwieldy over the years (see “U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo”). And people are clamoring for a redesign — seriously, check out this contest right here. If you’re wondering if the 73-year-old Wyman is getting nervous about all this, the answer is yes. This is his ‘68 Comeback Special here. (photo by The Washington Post’s Jennifer S. Altman; see a gallery here) source

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0:59 // 3 years ago
April 11, 2011

Blast wreaks destruction in Belarus metro station

  • seven people confirmed dead after an explosion at a Metro station in Belarus
  • fifty people injured in the blast, the cause of which is currently under investigation source
14:57 // 3 years ago
February 28, 2011

thedailywhat:

Scary Surveillance Footage of the Day: Washington Metro has released security footage from a major escalator malfunction which occurred on Oct. 30th — the day of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear — when a downward escalator suddenly sped up, resulting several injured riders.

“Initially the reaction was oh good we’re moving faster,” escalator rider Peyton Robertson told Fox 5 News. “Then in about a split second I realized that’s not good. This escalator’s out of control and we were hurtling towards the bottom.”

Metro blamed the incident on “a failure of the braking system to stop when the over-speed safety switch activated.”

[myfoxdc / arbroath.]

*shudder* This is why now, we elevate.

12:53 // 3 years ago
October 31, 2010

DC Metro numbers suggest huge “Rally to Restore Sanity” crowds

  • 350,000 number of trips the DC Metro has on an average Saturday
  • 825,437 number of trips the DC Metro had yesterday source

» To put it in perspective: The rally had the highest Saturday ridership ever – passing the record set in June 1991, when a rally was held for Operation Desert Storm. That rally gave Metro around 786,358 trips that day. And assuming the riders went round-trip yesterday, that means 237,719 extra riders were on the Metro yesterday. That doesn’t mean 237,719 extra people – the tally doesn’t account for multiple trips by the same rider – but suffice it to say that the crowd was really huge yesterday. And no, the Beck rally (which also took place on a Saturday) didn’t even rate in the top five (which is what we know you were really wondering).

20:26 // 3 years ago