Edward Johnston is an Underground hero for his democratic typeface

image © Graham Turner for the Guardian

image © Graham Turner for the Guardian

In 2013, it’s 150 years since steam trains started ploughing underneath the streets of London on what was then called the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first urban underground line. Quietly, something equally vital to the enduringly iconic status of London’s tube is marking its anniversary: 100 years ago, Frank Pick, commercial manager of The Underground Group, commissioned typographer Edward Johnston to design a new typeface for all signage on the railways.

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