Since its establishment 150 years ago as the world's first urban subway, the London Underground has continuously set a benchmark for design that many transit systems around the world - from New York to Tokyo to Moscow and beyond - have followed. London Underground by Design is the first meticulous study of every aspect of that feat. Beginning in the pioneering Victorian age, Mark Ovenden charts the evolution of architecture, branding, typeface, map design, interior and textile styles, posters, signage and graphic design and how all these came together to shape not just the identity of the Underground, but the character of London itself. This is the story of some of the most celebrated figures in design history - from Frank Pick, the guru who conceptualised the design of the modern Tube with his idea of 'design fit for purpose', to Harry Beck, the creator of the Tube map, and from Marion Dorn, one of the leading textile designers of the 20th Century, to Edward Johnston, creator of the distinctive font that bears his name. Rich with stunning illustrations, London Underground by Design shows that design is about more than aesthetic pleasure, but is crucial to how we get around.
A Journey Through London's Underground by Mark Wallinger
Author: Louise Coysh
Publisher: Art / Books
London's underground railways are an expression of the spread and diversity of the most international of capitals. Indeed, for many Londoners, the subterranean network is the very essence of the city, its arteries carrying the pulse of urban life from the heart of the metropolis out to its farthest extremities and beyond. How to capture that breadth in one work of art? How to celebrate a single system while also reflecting the millions of lives that it transports every day? That was the challenge facing Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger. His response was to create a vast, permanent work of public art across the entire network, layered with rich cultural and historical references. In each of the Underground's 270 stations, he placed a uniquely designed labyrinth, an ancient symbol representing spiritual and imaginative voyages akin to the countless circuitous journeys made on the Tube. Designed by the award-winning studio Rose, Labyrinth: A Journey Through London's Underground by Mark Wallinger is a compelling record of this extraordinary project. But more than that, it is also a vivid celebration of the London Underground and of London itself. Striking photographs of all the labyrinths in situ reveal the diverse face and fabric of the network and its users, while fascinating 'I-never-knew-that' facts about each station and their surrounds bring surprising perspectives to the daily commute. Transport historian Christian Wolmar tells the story of the emergence and development of London's subterranean rail network and the important role it has played in shaping the metropolis and those who live in it. Novelist Will Self responds to Wallinger's piece with a personal reflection that takes us into the depths of memory and through the disorientating effects of urban life; while writer and academic Marina Warner, in conversation with the artist, explores the historical and mythological significance of the labyrinth and places the project in the context of Wallinger's practice. Much more than a document of the creation of a work of art, this book is also a unique portrait of a system that keeps London going, the very lifeblood upon which it depends and thrives.
With the support of the visionary Frank Pick at the London Underground, Edward Johnston (1872-1944) and Eric Gill (1882-1940) unwittingly developed two of the world's most enduring typefaces Johnston still stands as London's primary 'wayfinding' lettering, while Gill Sans is the type of choice within many public and private organizations across the UK today. Exploring for the first time the evolution and adoption of both the Johnston and Gill typefaces, this unique publication shows how each has had a profound impact on Britain's visual language. Tracing the story of each typeface from inception to the present day, Mark Ovenden skilfully draws together a complex history that incorporates numerous strands including Johnston and Gill's friendship and collaboration, the myriad of revisions to both designs and their enduring appeal among a range of clients over the last one hundred years. Including rarely seen imagery, this fascinating publication will be invaluable to specialists and enthusiasts alike."
By documenting and guiding us on the journeys we make every day, maps influence the way we navigate and identify with our surroundings. The Underground, London Transport, and its successor Transport for London, have produced and inspired maps which are navigational, decorative forms of publicity and works of art. This book, which draws on the rich collections of the London Transport Museum, sets out to explore this unique form of visual communication.
From the glitz of Mayfair to the pop-ups of Peckham, London offers limitless opportunities for exploration, and The Rough Guide to London with you don't miss a thing. Updated by local experts, the guide will take you to both the headline sights and lesser-known gems, from the world-class museums in South Kensington to the up-and-coming neighbourhoods of East London. Dubbed the world's most multicultural city, London has something for everyone, from munching your way around Maltby Street Market to admiring the view from the top of The Shard. With chapters dedicated to the best hotels, restaurants and cafés, pubs and bars, live music and clubs, shops, theatre, kids' activities and more, you'll be sure to make the most of your time in the city with The Rough Guide to London.
An illustrated tour of London's cityscape from the 1920s to the present day
Author: Lukas Novotny
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
From the art deco factories of the 1920s through to the skyscraper boom of the twenty-first century, Modern London takes you on an illustrated tour of the capital’s ever-changing landscape. Shaped variously by war, economics, population growth and design trends, the city has been moulded by some of the greatest modern architects and to this day remains a centre of building design and experimentation. Through intricate graphic illustrations and accessible entertaining text, London’s streets, structures and transport systems of the last century are brought to life. Discover long lost treasures such as the Firestone Factory and marvel at modern–day masterpieces like the London Aquatics centre; delight in previously vilified social housing projects such as the Balfron Tower, and discover the drama behind bold, eccentric designs like the ‘Cheesegrater’. The city’s skyline can change in an instant; Modern London invites you to sit back and survey the scene so far.
Curated and designed by the experts at The London Transport Museum, this collection showcases London's 100 greatest transport design icons from the past 150 years. From TfL's exclusive Johnston font; Westminster Station's ground breaking architecture; Paolozzi's Tottenham Court Road Station mosaics; the classic S-Stock Underground train; Henry Beck's original tube map, and even Oxford Circus' 'Scramble Crossing', to the Black Cab, and the Routemaster - old and new - London by Design delivers behind-the-scenes analysis of these iconic designs from industry experts, accompanied throughout by beautiful images, drawings, artwork and photography, from the London Transport Museum's archive. This beautiful book is a ideal for any art, architecture or design lover, as well as any passionate Londoner or tourist to our world-famous capital.
London Transport's poster collection represents the most complete graphic archive of its kind to be assembled by a single organisation over such a long period anywhere in the world. This book is richly illustrated with examples of posters from all periods.