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Harry Beck

Harry BeckAKA Henry C. Beck

Born: 4-Jun-1903 [1]
Died: 18-Sep-1974
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Designer

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Designed the London Underground map

Designed a stylized map of the London Underground, known for its diagrammatic representation of the various train lines and lack of correspondence to the physical locations of stations. Beck began work on the design in 1933, and continued to work on it until his death in 1974, though he would not receive official recognition of his accomplishment until the 90s.


[1] Given variously as 1902 or 1903. Wikipedia has been spreading the 1902 date. But see Steven Heller and Elinor Pettit, Graphic Design Time Line: A Century of Design Milestones (2000) and Philip B. Meggs, A History of Graphic Design (1983), and several other sources supporting a 1903 date. We could not find any printed source supporting a 1902 date.

    Teacher: London School of Printing and Kindred Trades

Is the subject of books:
Mr. Beck's Underground Map, 1994, BY: Ken Garland



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