Typographer Edward Johnston – Going Underground… inspired by

A thought-provoking evaluation of Edward Johnston’s work as a type designer, originally posted on Desight’s blog. I find much here to agree with, though I do think the criticism of the redesign embodied in ‘New Johnston’ is a little harsh. Still, we are each entitled to our opinion, and notwithstanding some points of disagreement this article is well worth a read.

Desight for kudobadass typography, Product/Brand design, painted signs NGS London

Edward JohnstonCBE (11 February 1872 – 26 November 1944) was a British craftsman who is regarded, with Rudolf Koch, as the father of modern calligraphy, in the particular form of the broad edged pen as a writing tool. He is most famous for designing the sans-serif Johnston typeface that was used throughout the London Underground system until it was re-designed in the 1980s. He also redesigned the famous Underground roundel symbol used throughout the transport system.After studying published copies of manuscripts by architect William Harrison Cowlishaw, and a handbook by Edward F. Strange, he was introduced to Cowlishaw in 1898 and then to William Lethaby, principal of the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

JY glass 002 Fresh Johnston Highbury from the hand of Tobias Newbigin of NGS signwriters London.

William Harrison Cowlishaw (1869–1957) was a British architect of the European 

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