Subway Art

MetroCards are an instantly recognizable NYC symbol. But recognition can also mean boring; why not jazz it up, since so many people swipe every day?

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.


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