Hear The Story Of The Underground's 100 Year Old Font, At London Transport Museum

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Hear The Story Of The Underground's 100 Year Old Font, At London Transport Museum

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You might not know it by name, but chances are you recognise the Johnston Underground typeface when you see it. It's the font — used in an adapted form— on posters and signs across the London transport network, and it's 100 years old this year.

London Transport Museum is celebrating the centenary of the lettering with a series of talks about the life and work of Edward Johnston, the man who designed it — he was also responsible for redesigning the now-iconic transport roundel.

First up, next week, is a talk at London Transport Museum about Johnston, The Man Who Branded London. Simon Garfield, author of Just My Type, will be offering an insight into the life and work of Johnston. It's also a chance to hear a bit more about the font itself and why it has become so important.

If this has piqued your interest, have a look at the other upcoming talks in the series. Tickets for talks cost £10 (£8 for concessions), but you can get tickets for two talks for £15 (concessions can buy tickets for two talks for £12), saving 25%.

The celebrations also involve a special museum depot open weekend and behind the scenes tours in West London.

The Man Who Branded London: Edward Johnston’s Underground Typeface takes place on 23 February at 7pm and costs £10 for adults and £8 for concessions and London Transport Museum Friends. Visit the London Transport Museum website to book.

Last Updated 19 February 2016

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It is my favourite font in the world, so I'm so glad it's got its own exhibition! It deserves one