That’s what Melanie Chernock thought, too. The SVA student started The MetroCard Project to bring a little art (other than graffiti) to the subways.
From plays on the old subway tokens to the “neighborhood series”–alphabet soup letters for Alphabet City, raw meat font for Meatpacking District, etc.–to homages to NYC staples (pretzels!), the designs are totally unique and much cooler than the current yellow-and-blue card.
Check the gallery for a couple of my favorite designs. She doesn’t have a show yet, but maybe if we’re lucky the MTA will catch on.