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London’s Handwriting: Colin Banks on Edward Johnston

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London’s Handwriting: Colin Banks on Edward Johnston

Date of publication:

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  • London Transport Museum
  • Author(s):

  • Colin Banks
  • Typographer and designer Colin Banks (1933-2002) was a co-founder of Banks and Miles, the pioneering design firm which redesigned Edward Johnston’s ‘Underground Sans’ for London Transport from 1981 onward.

    Johnston’s original ‘Underground Block Letter’ was not being used consistently in promotional material and London Transport had been considering abandoning it altogether. The final part of the book describes a twelve-year programme during which Banks and Miles designed a range of typefaces compatible with modern reproduction techniques and suitable for all purposes. New Johnston first appeared in stations in 1983, and is used by Transport for London exclusively.

    Condition & Materials

    Tall folio (52 x 38 cm), pp. 48 original red cloth, folding black cloth clamshell box, with Johnston’s bar and circle roundel embossed in blind on the upper covers of both the book and box. An edition of 150 numbered copies was published at £295; our un-numbered example is out of series.