New York City Subway Pixel Art


I was riding an E train subway car in New York City, and I noticed some pixel art in the wild. The nice FIND (Flexible Information and Notice Display) system which shows next stops includes a pixel art wheelchair icon for accessible stations.

an LED screen for a subway car showing next stops. A wheelchair symbol made of 16 red LEDs is magnified.

After admiring this, I decided to recreate it.

a pixel-art version of a wheelchair symbol

One reason I really enjoy pixel art is that it allows you to do a lot with very few materials. Here the MTA subway car uses only 16 red LED lights, but does so in a way that is obvious what they are trying to communicate.