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Johnston's Underground Type
Justin Howes
ISBN 1854142313
Capital Transport Publishing, 2000

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Johnston's Underground Type - Justin Howes

Capital 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.

"Johnston's 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.

The 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.

An 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.


ISBN 185414 231 3

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