Edward Johnston: A Signature For London by Richard TaylorEdward Johnston: A Signature For London by Richard Taylor

Edward Johnston: A Signature For London

byRichard Taylor

Paperback | February 15, 2017

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It’s one of the most iconic features of London life, yet perhaps the least celebrated: the Johnston typeface, which has decorated signage throughout the entire London Transport system for a century. This book celebrates the Johnston typeface and its creator, Edward Johnston (1872–1944), bringing him long-overdue recognition as one of the key creators of our shared visual image of London life.

Richly illustrated with images from the London Transport Museum—including maps, posters, station signage, and much more—the book traces the evolution of the Johnston typeface from its first use in 1916 through the many subtle changes it’s undergone in the century since, all the way up to its broad deployment for the 2012 London Olympics. No lover of London life or transportation buff will want to miss this beautifully designed and produced volume.
Richard Taylor is a curator at the London Transport Museum.  
Title:Edward Johnston: A Signature For LondonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.75 × 7.25 × 0.4 inPublished:February 15, 2017Publisher:Unicorn Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910787299

ISBN - 13:9781910787298

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sam Mullins
A Craftsman’s Life
Johnston and London
Postscript: Johnston after Johnston
Author’s Acknowledgements

Editorial Reviews

"A symbol of London, globally recognized, the Johnston typeface is 100 years old in 2016. This book celebrates the typeface and the life and work of its creator, Edward Johnston. Illustrated with images from the collections at London Transport Museum and other relevant collections, it tells of the journey that the Johnston typeface has taken from Johnston's first meeting with Frank Pick in 1913 to the advent of New Johnston and its evolution and use up to the London 2012 Olympics."