different types of fun – Buchstäbliche Freude

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I’m on blog duty today. As a bit of a typography and a London Underground dork imagine how happy I was when a very good friend of mine gave me this as a present. It’s poster of an alphabet made from letters you would find on the Transport for London network. Some of it are on old tiles, some are marks written on the streets and some is signage made with the one and only Johnston (designed by Edward Johnson for LU in 1913). On my ‘i’ you can see the diamond square dot (a touch that hints at Johnston’s calligraphic past) which is one of its many quirks. I absolutely love this poster. It combines things I like and is a fitting capsule of some things that have made Lu great since its origins 150 years ago.Now I need to find a good frame to hang it up in all its glory. Thank you again Maca.

E Johnston also designed the roundel, but maybe that is something for another post.

 

Heute schreibe ich den Blog. Guckt mal was ich Schönes geschenkt bekommen habe. Als eine, die sich sehr für Typographie und die Geschichte der Londoner U-bahn interessiert, habe ich mich sehr hierüber gefreut. Das Alphabet ist aus Buchstaben gemacht, die man im öffentlichen Verkehrsdienst von London findet. Teilweise sind das alte Kacheln, auf Teer gemalte Buchstaben und Schilder, die Edward Johnstons Schrifttyp (speziell für die Londoner U-bahn 1913 entworfen) aufweisen. Beim meinem ‘i’ kann man den eckigen Punkt sehen, der auf E Johnstons Vergangenheit als Kalligraph deutet. Dieses Detail ist einer der vielen kleinen Marotten, die diesen Schrifttyp auszeichnen. Ich finde dieses Poster wunderbar. Vielen herzlichen Dank Maca!

E Johnston entwarf auch das ‘Roundel” aber das ist wohl eine Geschichte für ein anderes Mal.

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