Atlanta’s MARTA Map – Super Mario 3 Style

Atlanta's MARTA map - rapid transit Super Mario 3 Style 2013 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas.com Cartography
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Atlanta’s MARTA now gets the SMB3 treatment, making it 3 cities in as many weeks, and my 8th city overall. Normally I like to take a break between cities but I got a lot of requests for ATL, and MARTA looked really simple so I decided to tackle it straight away.

Going to attempt some other cities in other styles pretty soon. Stay tuned for those!

Portland’s MAX LRT Map – Super Mario 3 Style

Portland Trimet Map 2015 by davegeekyideas

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(UPDATE July 2015): I’ve updated the map to reflect the final state of the Orange Line which opened recently. A few fixes were made for the Orange Line: the route extends into the downtown core, and a stop was removed.

If you’re wondering why there are power switches, it’s because the Orange Line changes into the Yellow Line and vice versa.

Washington DC Metro Map – Super Mario 3 Style

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(UPDATE – August 6th 2014): The first leg of the Silver Line opened recently, and I had to make one correction (no rush service for the Silver Line east of Stadium-Armory), so I fixed that and also went ahead and gave the map a makeover. I wanted something a little less cluttered, with more emphasis on the station names.

The previous 2013 and 2018 maps have been retired, and going forward I’m just going to feature one version of the map (that features the completed Silver Line circa 2018) to keep things simple. 2018 will be here before you know it!

Geeky Flash Drives Part 3: Superman Fortress Crystal

Superman USB Crystal Flash Drive by Dave's Geeky Ideas

The crystals in the Superman films had several functions: home construction, beacon, glow stick, ability to restore superpowers, and last but not least: data storage.  Two of these things — data storage and the glow functionality — could easily translate to a USB flash drive. The end result is something that looks and behaves (to an extent) just like one of Superman’s crystals.

For this design a vanilla cap would cover the USB plug. Like the previous Ghostbusters design, there would be some LED lights built-in to indicate the device is in use. But one thing I’d like to see is an on-demand light that is triggered by a button, allowing you to replicate the ‘glow stick’ feature of the crystal. The drive would need an on-board battery, preferably something that can be recharged (via USB, of course). There are so many keychain light and USB drive combos, so I feel this is an attainable design.

And as a lark it should come preloaded with a few documents about trees.

Bay Area Rapid Transit Map – Super Mario Kart Style

BART Map San Francisco Oakland Airport Rail Super Mario Kart Track 2012 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas.com
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Now available as a high-res poster you can purchase here.

Yesterday I posted a work-in-progress (since deleted) of this map, and now I am happy to report I completed it. Was able to get the right pixel look I wanted for the track, making it look rendered by the SNES’ Mode 7. I also substituted the Blooper fishes for warp pipes, and added cul-de-sacs to the end of the tracks to undercut their ‘dead end’ nature.

To reiterate, this BART map is based on the Rainbow Road track from Mario Kart (SNES), which is why the terrain is dark. However I see a lot of transit maps using this look for the background, so it works pretty well if I may say so.

Toronto TTC Subway/RT Map – Super Mario 3 Style

Toronto TTC Map by Dave's Geeky Ideas

You can buy a high-res poster of this map here.

UPDATE: In light of the TTC finalizing the names for the new extension, I have given the map an overhaul. Apologies to those who have purchased this previously, I thought the original map was future-proof!