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Underground lettering before 1933

Baines, Phil and Dixon, Catherine (2016) Underground lettering before 1933. In: The Edward Johnston Talk Series: London’s First Fonts, 10 May 2016, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London, UK.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Baines, Phil and Dixon, Catherine

A joint lecture providing an overview of the consistent and creative use of lettering across early underground rail networks prior to the emergence of the now familiar Johnston-driven corporate identity. This event was part of the anniversary celebrations of the Johnston typeface hosted by London Transport Museum.

Official Website: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/projects-partnerships/edwardjohnston
Additional Information (Publicly available):

The Edward Johnston talk series London’s timeless and iconic lettering – the Johnston typeface – was created a century ago for London Underground and since its introduction it has come to represent not just transport but the idea of London. London Transport Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of its introduction to London’s landscape with a number of events including a series of talks, a special Museum Depot Open Weekend, and behind the scenes Johnston Journey tours.

This series is part of the Transported by Design season, a programme exploring the history and future of great design and how it can affect our journey experience.

London’s first fonts
10 May 2016
Join graphic designers, authors and Central Saint Martins’ academics Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon to explore the importance of lettering to the identity of the early underground railway companies. Discover what underground railways and stations looked like before the introduction of the Johnston typeface and find out more about the impact of his font on the look and feel of London travel over the last century.

(Source: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/visit/plan-your-visit/access-and-facilities/109-uncategorised)

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Edward Johnston (1872-1944), Transport for London
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 10 May 2016
Event Location: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London, UK
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 10:25
Item ID: 10215
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/10215

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