In & Around Karachi – Map System for Karachi

My Final Year Design Thesis on map system for Karachi named “In & Around Karachi” at Indus Valley School or Arts and Architecture and I was awarded DISTINCTION in my thesis project. I am so happy to display post this thesis for all Pakistani out there.

The city exists for many audiences, each person has a special individual origin and destination and needs a specific travel map to reach it.

In & Around Karachi seeks to provide a common, recognisable language for the provision of way finding information where it is needed and in the most useful form. Being a seaport Karachi is one of Pakistan’s most vital and metropolitan cities. However, poor urban-planning has left it difficult to navigate. The thesis introduces a way finding system that can be used by everyone and is convenient enough to lead residents and tourists alike, through the maze like roads and lanes with the utmost accuracy.

The aim of ‘In & Around’ is to make Karachi simple and map it out in a way that makes the experience of way finding effortless. This is achieved through an amalgamation of information including a directional signage system with city maps and detailed town maps accompanied by printed maps, visitor information and bus route network plans. The map is aided by illustrated icons and symbols, complete with a comprehensive legend of all the important places in Karachi including city landmarks, Mosques, hospitals etc.

As well as seeking to provide a clear, baseline information system, the map system seeks to build up accessibility to real time electronic information readily available and efficient to access and interrogate. The use of electronic media, providing immediate and accurate information is transforming way finding worldwide. The mapping system will be available directly through the Internet providing access to the detailed city map, bus routes and any additional information about the location.


In & Around Karachi is created for residents and visitors alike and needs to be adaptable for future projects. To achieve a singular identity, a concept was based around an identity framework or visual language. This consists of a number of key elements: Typeface, Color, Icons, Pictograms and a Mapping system.

These Project Logo
Presentation on Wall
Presentation on the wall :)
Karachi Full Map
City Map: This is detailed map as a complete body, highlighting the transportation system i.e. the airport, bus terminals, railway stations along with specific landmarks.
Presentation on Wall
COLOURS A flexible color palette was chosen for In & Around Karachi, adding consistency and legibility to communications. In the same vein as universally acknowledged systems specific colors are kept standard for e.g. red for Hospitals, green for parks and blue for water bodies etc.
Karachi Map Detail
Karachi Map Detail
M A Jinnah Road - Street Map
Saddar Town Map, Karachi Map
Saddar Town Map, This map at town level are more detail form whole Karachi map. Map details are taken to Street Level
North Arrow Details, Karachi Map
North arrow & map scale details on the map
Map Legend, Karachi Map
TYPEFACE: The “DINPRO” typeface is used consistently throughout the project. The typeface is highly readable and perfect for delivering information at a communal center. About this font Family: Back in 1936 the German Standards committee Deutsches Institute Normung (DIN) proposed DIN 1451 as the standard type of lettering for road signage. As the original manual states ‘the purpose of this standard is to lay down a style of lettering which is timeless and easily legible’.  The DIN Text series was based on the original standards but was completely redesigned to fit typographic requirements and includes condensed and compressed versions.
Map Legend Places, Karachi Map
ICONS/SYMBOLS The icons and symbols designed with the intention of being instantly understood by all. They are easily identifiable and relatable. They will also be part of the visual language to be used on the physical and digital map.
Bus Route Map for Karachi, Karachi Map
This Bus Route illustrates a simplified map of Karachi complete with its bus stops and their routes.
Bus Route Map Karachi Detail
Bus Route Map Karachi Detail
Karachi Landmarks
PICTOGRAMS 3D illustrations of significant locations around the city are placed in relevant positions on the map. The renderings are done keeping a bird’s eye perspective with minimum details capturing the visual image of the place.
Bus Route Map Karachi Detail
Details Illustration of Frere Hall In Karachi - Saddar Town
Solid Structure For Map Placement
Physical Structure for the placing Map in different area or karachi

Majority of the population in Karachi is not familiar with following and reading maps; instead they get to their desired locations following landmarks. This map endeavors to revolutionize that school of thought. It adopts a distinctive viewpoint of a pedestrian map with 3D points of attraction.

1. Welcome Maps (Identification Signage)
- City Map: This will portray the detailed map as a complete body, highlighting the transportation system i.e. the airport, bus terminals, and railway stations along with specific landmarks.

- Towns Map: The map of the town will show a detailed portion of the particular town where it is placed extracted from the city map. These structures will be placed at the town entrances.

2. Area specific maps.
- Street Map: This map has a simple aim to provide the visitor with a pedestrian map of the vicinity they are in. These structures will be placed around specific locations within the region.

3. Bus Route Maps
-Bus route Map: This illustrates a simplified map of Karachi complete with its bus stops and their routes.
Clifton Block 2
Foldout Map
Karachi Folding Map
Karachi Folding Map
Karachi Folding Map
Karachi Folding Map

29 Responses to "In & Around Karachi – Map System for Karachi"

This is remarkable! Great job! Would love to have a printed copy of this!

limited copies of Karachi Map, will be available for sale soon. Join Facebook page to stay connected.

Limited Copies? Yaar aisa na karo.. :-)

This is something that every Karachiite wants to own, keep it in his/her car, and boast about it during trips to other cities of Pakistan and even other countries.

I’m impressed, I need to say. Actually hadrly ever do I encounter a blog that’s each educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you could have hit the nail on the head. Your concept is excellent; the problem is something that not sufficient people are speaking intelligently about. I’m very blissful that I stumbled throughout this in my seek for one thing regarding this.

Wow – would love to own a copy of this

Are you selling? This looks good. i would like to have a copy.

You’re on top of the game. Thanks for shranig.

Great Work!!

Awesome Job…would love to have a copy of the map…

April 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm Mohammed Asim Baig / Reply

Really very nice & great work

Wonderful contribution… much needed.

Great work excellent detail ,Impressive :)) would love a copy for sure .

Connect to my facebook page. and as soon as the maps are available, will update you..

wow !! side burns as a metaphor…..amazing !
your work and thoughts for Karachi are indeed commendable.Thank you.

All the best.

April 23, 2012 at 9:50 am Salman Siddiqui / Reply

Great work!!!

This is definately great work! It brings karachi at par with countries where tourisits have this facility. Government should take this up and make them available!!

Thanks Faysal for your wounder words.

Awesome work! Loved it!

Very Important work for Karachi. Karachi more Project work like this.
I will be very happy if i geht a copy from this Map.


great work buddy!! hope you are getting it published soon. I live in Canada but I would love to buy a copy of that and post it in my office.

I’m impressed, I have to say. Really not often do I eoenuntcr a weblog that’s each educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you could have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is excellent; the problem is something that not enough individuals are speaking intelligently about. I’m very completely satisfied that I stumbled across this in my seek for one thing referring to this.

This is absolutely amazing! You should definitely publish this as in for sale in stationary shops and bookstores! And even for the Dept. of Tourism! You genius you!

What about people who aren’t on facebook?

Wonderful idea, brilliant work, much needed!

this is something….. uuhff no word awesome.. I m studying Geography… my love Geography… u have done great work…

from where can i get this?

love this map. How does one get a copy of this?

good job…………….keep it up

Leave a comment