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Old June 3rd, 2006, 01:10 AM   #1
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MISC | Fonts for transport

Some subway systems use special typefaces for their signage and paperwork.
Anybody here who can extend the following lists?


FONTS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR SUBWAYS!
City: Font (designer, year)
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Amsterdam: M.O.L. (Gerard Unger, 1974)
Berlin: Transit (based on Frutiger; Erik Spiekermann, 1997)
London: Johnston (Edward Johnston, 1916)
Paris: Parisine (Jean François Porchez, 1996)
Toronto: Toronto Subway (based on Futura; unknown)


SOME SUBWAYS USING STANDARD FONTS:
City: Font (designer, year)
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Bilbao: Rotis (Otl Aicher, 1989)
Chicago: Helvetica (Max Miedinger, 1957)
Copenhagen: Frutiger (Adrian Frutiger, 1976)
Hamburg: Myriad (Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, 1992)
Newcastle: Calvert (Margaret Calvert, 1980)
New York: Akzidenz Grotesk (G. G. Lange, 1963)
Porto: (DIN; unknown)


You can also see sample images and some download links on this web page I've made.

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Old June 3rd, 2006, 02:04 AM   #2
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Interesting site the logo section was quite intersting too
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 02:54 AM   #3
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The London Underground Johnston font is the best font I've ever seen (not that I'm biased )



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Old June 3rd, 2006, 12:10 PM   #4
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(not that I'm biased )
No, not at all

But Johnston is indeed a very nice one. And it's really amazing how a 90 years old typeface can appear so timeless or even modern without looking boring. On the contrary, it's full of character. And it has good readability.

I somehow love the idea of typefaces being specially created for metros/subways!!

Are there any other examples? Any typography enthusiasts here?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 12:44 PM   #5
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A 'special' font (though now fallen in disuse) was created for the Amsterdam metro. It was designed in such a way that it would prevent illegibility due to overbrightness of the lamps that light the signs:



Not that it's that great, though...
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 12:50 PM   #6
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Nice. Do you know the font's name?
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 01:31 PM   #7
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It's called Unger M.O.L. (don't ask me what that stands for...), designed by Gerard Unger (whose brother/family member Carl Unger happens to have designed the new font for the Dutch road signs). Amazing what information one can find at Wikipedia...
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 04:25 PM   #8
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Thanks! A little research revealed that M.O.L. is even the most exclusive metro font in my list until now, since it is not available for the public, unlike the other exclusively designed metro fonts.

The great master himself describes M.O.L. on his website: http://www.gerardunger.com/allmytype...designs03.html
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Interesting site! It's funny in the logos, how the Madrid and Shenzhen logos are so reminiscent of others (London and HK, respectively). I really like the London, HK, Montréal, Shanghai and NY's the most for logos.
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The site also mentions what M.O.L. refers to:

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Mol is the Dutch word for a mole. The workgroup had come up with the idea of a mole as a mascot for the new underground railway. Outside every station in the city there would be a giant molehill with a mole pointing the way to the entrance with his nose. The idea was torpedoed by the city authorities, but we let it live on in the name of the typeface.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 08:24 PM   #11
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Sweden

Stockholm originally used Grotesk-typeface, but changed into a ugly Helvetica standard, before Connex took over. After that they have installed blue signs with white Transit signs/lettering on. As well, Transit as I know are able for download... for € 229 each family! Too much money, I guess. With the whole set it makes about € 600!

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The same "Transit" as in Berlin?

Berlin:
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Old June 4th, 2006, 04:41 AM   #13
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Awesome website you've created.

One thing I noticed was your CTA logo. Usually it looks like this on brochures and such:


Although I have seen the black version you have too.
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Interesting site! It's funny in the logos, how the Madrid and Shenzhen logos are so reminiscent of others (London and HK, respectively). I really like the London, HK, Montréal, Shanghai and NY's the most for logos.
That's because HK's MTR helped developed Shenzhen's metro thus the logo.
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Here is something a little different. Hong Kong's MTR subway employs calligraphy from the traditional Chinese brush for their Chinese station name signs :

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The same "Transit" as in Berlin?

Berlin:
Yes sure, the same as in Berlin. I'm actually visiting Berlin 23-(most probably)27 June, and I surely will shot movies of U-Bahn-trains arriving and departing.

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this one from HK is sooo good!!!
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