Designing the Taxi


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The designs featured in Designing the Taxi  were generated by some of the nation's top product and industrial designers. Following our series of workshops, participating designers were asked to rethink the taxi experience for both the passenger and the driver, and they had just three weeks to develop their ideas. The breadth and quality of ideas presented here are remarkable – and many served as design inspiration for the new Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow currently on our city's streets. 

Illustrated with with imaginative renderings, the book is divided into two parts, "The Taxi System" and "The Taxi Vehicle," and provides an in-depth examination of ideas generated by workshop participants:

  • Taxi identity
  • Taxi stands
  • Taxi lanes/incentive pricing
  • Cell phone hailing
  • Cashless payment
  • Fleet diversification
  • Greening the taxi
  • Roof indicator light
  • Access
  • Interior proportions
  • Built-in child seat
  • Partition/passenger console
  • Skylight


Megan Canning, Director of Operations, Design Trust for Public Space
Savannah Gorton
Deborah Marton, (former) Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space


Chelsea Mauldin, (former) Deputy Director, Design Trust for Public Space

Editorial Contributors

Paul Goldberger, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
Michael Levine, Owner, Ronart Leasing Corporation
Phil Patton, Author and Design Journalist, The New York Times
Jean Ryan, VP for Public Affairs, Disabled in Action Vice Chair, Taxis for ALL Campaign
Andrew Salkin, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
Bruce Schaller, Transportation Consultant, Author of the New York City Taxicab Fact Book


Date: November 2005
Size: 10.5 x 14"
Pages: 64
Binding: Saddle Stitch
ISBN:  978-0-971-6942-8-6
Printed by: Finlay Printing and Mohawk Fine Papers
Design by: Pentagram