The history of the Johnston typeface

A talk on Edward Johnston's Underground Lettering - a century of influence on signs and identity by Mike Ashworth

the-history-of-the-johnston-typefaceNearly a century has passed since the commissioning in 1916 by the London Underground group of the Johnston typeface. With this famous ‘sans’ lettering still in use by Transport for London and indeed with it being used as the basis for much of the signage for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, this illustrated talk will take a look back at the introduction of Johnston to the capital’s transport network and the role it has played in the evolution of the corporate identity of the Underground and other London transport modes.

Mike Ashworth is Design & Heritage Manager at London Underground and is responsible for customer-facing design of stations and trains. Previously a curator at the London Transport Museum, Mike has worked for the company for twenty years.

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