Transport Publishing, in association with London Transport Museum
have recently published a new book on the London Underground typefaces
designed by Edward Johnston in 1915/16. The book, which retails
at £14.95, has been designed and written by Justin Howes.
Underground Type" is the first book to document Johnston's
work for London Transport in detail. His other sans serif type designs
for London Transport are discussed, and include the condensed Omnibus
alphabets and a bold version of Johnston Sans. Also reproduced,
for the first time, are little-known designs for silver medallions
presented to the Underground's best kept stations, and a selection
of his bullseye designs for London Transport.
author shows how Johnston's type emerged from his calligraphy at
a critical moment for an Arts and Crafts Movement becoming increasingly
engaged with the problems of industrial design.
excellent book that covers all aspects of the design development
of Edward Johnston's Underground typefaces in great detail.
Edward Johnston, 1902. Photographed at Lincoln's Inn Fields.
Finished upper-case design for Johnston Sans, June 1916.
Final design for the lower-case, July 1916.
Front Cover (designed by Tim Demuth from a London transport drawing).
The Underground Bullseye, 1916-19.
UNDERGROUND TYPE - Justin Howes
ISBN 185414 231 3