Tag Archives: Skyway

The love/hate relationship of Minneapolis to its Skyway. Part 1 of the Minneapolis Skyway redesign.

Winters can get a bit cold in Minnesota so some downtown business owners thought it was wise to build random walkways connecting buildings to one another. The Minneapolis Skyway System was born. “The Skyway” is a convoluted and confusing collection of intra-building walkways that connects 2nd floors (and sometimes first floors) of most of, but not all of the buildings in Downtown Minneapolis. If Wikipedia is accurate, there are 11 miles worth of skyways – making it the largest skyway system in THE WORLD. Continue reading

Make the skyway map great for the first time. Part 2 of the Minneapolis Skyway redesign project.

As pointed out in part 1, current versions of Minneapolis skyway maps are mostly cluttered and confusing – but I can’t really blame the map creators. It’s a confusing system! A literal skyway map is a mess any which way you try to attempt it. Just think of the layers of the skyway, you have streets, buildings, and the actual skyways, that zig and zag through a building. Continue reading

Better signage for the Skyway. Part 3 of the Minneapolis Skyway redesign.

In part 2 of the Minneapolis Skyway redesign series, I outlined the concept behind a minimalist map for the skyway. In part 1, I showed you the offensive signage for the skyways that exists now. Continue reading