I'm looking for a way to describe the kind of simple road/street map that is pared down to essentials—thin lines for roads, just a few places highlighted, no extraneous detail or color. What is the best way to describe this kind of map?

  • Not sure there is a word for exactly what you describe. In general, it sounds like street map or road map is appropriate. Why don't you provide some context wrt what you do not want displayed, and perhaps why?
    – Drew
    Oct 3, 2014 at 15:41
  • If you don't like my edit feel free to undo. Alternatively, if you do, then if you click the 'edit' button and fiddle about for a bit, my name will disappear from under your question! :) Oct 3, 2014 at 15:45
  • Why not "simplified map"? citylab.com/commute/2013/11/…
    – ermanen
    Oct 3, 2014 at 17:34
  • A map ala Tufte.
    – JenSCDC
    Oct 3, 2014 at 23:38

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bare-bones is a good term:

the irreducible minimum; the most essential components
source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bare-bones?s=t

So you have a bare-bones map.

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