The MTA subway system is a daily fixture in the lives of millions of commuters who use it as “Third Space.” How does one capture this “third place” in an immersive illustration?
This project is a comprehensive study of the MTA subways as a showcase for typography, urban planning, and individual experiences, all brought to life through the powerful medium of 3D design. Through this exploration, I aim to uncover the emotional themes and common experiences that define the daily lives of subway commuters, while also highlighting the unique character of the subway environment and the role it plays in the lives of New York residents.
This study is a tribute to the MTA commuters, with a keen appreciation for their idiosyncrasies and the never-ending stream of entertaining shenanigans that they bring to the subway. However, it is also a critical examination of the negatives of the subway system, including the exaggerated perceptions that have developed over time and the real issues that have contributed to the difficulties that residents of New York have faced in using the subway effectively.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please represents a deep and nuanced examination of the MTA subway system, exploring both its strengths and weaknesses in equal measure, and celebrating the unique character and importance of this essential mode of transportation in the bustling city of New York through 4 short animated scenes taking place inside the subway, capturing its calmness, diversity, confusion and displacement.