The London Underground Roundel
For the past 100 years, there have been wide-scale developments across the London Underground. New routes, new stations, new trains. But one thing that’s remained is the font used to navigate Londoners and visitors around the city.
The font, Johnston Sans, has therefore become one of the world’s most iconic typefaces. Its origins begin in 1916, when London Underground asked calligrapher Edward Johnston to create a new typeface for its posters and signage. Johnston was commissioned to replicate “the bold simplicity of the authentic lettering of the finest periods” whilst ensuring it “belongs unmistakably to the 20th century”. The typeface was commissioned to be distinctly different from the lettering used in advertisements of the era.