Next Stop Chicago: Talking Transit Design with Mark Ovenden

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6 PM — Doors Open
6:30 PM to 8 PM — Lecture 

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Students:  $10
AIGA Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Next Stop Chicago: Talking Transit Design with Mark Ovenden
The Chicago Transit Authority is a huge part of Chicago’s urban infrastructure, and transit design has shaped the modern city. Please join us for a discussion with transit design historian Mark Ovenden (author of Transit Maps of the World) as we explore public transportation around the world, dive into the history of our CTA, and discover how disciplines like wayfinding and cartography intersect with (and enhance) public transportation.

AIGA Chicago thanks its VP of Programming, Valerie Craig, for planning this event, and to Basecamp for hosting at its headquarters. This event is sponsored by Harrington College of of Design. Artwork by Multiple.

About Mark Ovenden

Born in London in 1963, Ovenden evinced an early fascination with trains and TV that has remained with him over the course of his life. Following college, he pursued a number of positions in local government and on the radio, promoting progressive attitudes toward gay issues before getting a full time job at BBC Radio 1 as a producer. In 1998, he joined MTV as a freelance music programmer, where he gave birth to another production company which went on to produce shows for Atlantic252. There, Ovenden would become a presenter of a weekly record review show with Chris Coco, a specialist programmes producer and, later, breakfast newsreader.

When Atlantic252 closed down, Ovenden moved to Ministry Of Sound where he helped set up their DAB station, Ibiza unit and later, as Head of Radio there, ran a popular FM version of the station. He moved into consultancy after this working with Purple radio and the DRG. In 2002, while still working in his spare time on his book project, he moved to a fledgling TV channel as Channel Manager.

Ovenden’s Metro Maps of the World was published in November 2003 to great critical acclaim. It has since been re-written and updated for the American market and is now published by Penguin as Transit Maps of the World. Ovenden currently resides in Paris where he is researching his next book on a century of cartography of the Paris Metro Map. He is also working on several other book projects, a radio sit-com, and a TV travel show.

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When & Where
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
30 N. Racine #200
Chicago, IL 60607