London Underground by Design - Mark Ovenden
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London Underground by Design - Mark Ovenden

Code 191852
Reviews (1) 5 out of 5
£20.00
Produced as part of the Tube150 celebrations, Mark Ovenden has put together a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive history of one of the world's most celebrated design achievements, and of the visionaries who brought it to life.
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Author: Mark Ovenden

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

Size: 288 pages, 18.5cm x 24cm

Produced as part of the Tube150 celebrations, Mark Ovenden has put together a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive history of one of the world's most celebrated design achievements, and of the visionaries who brought it to life.

Since its establishment 150 years ago as the world's first urban subway, the London Underground has continuously set a bench-mark for design that has influenced transit systems from New York to Tokyo, Moscow to Paris and beyond. London Underground by Design is the first meticulous study of every aspect of that feat.

Beginning in the pioneering Victorian age, Mark Ovenden charts the evolution of the architecture, branding, typeface, map design, interior and textile styles, posters, signage and graphic design and how these came together to shape not just the Underground's identity, but the character of London itself. This is the story of celebrated designers - from Frank Pick, the guru who conceptualised the modern Tube's look under the 'design fit for purpose' mantra, to Harry Beck, Tube diagram creator, and from Marion Dorn, one of the leading textile designers, to Edward Johnston, creator of the distinctive font that bears his name, as well as Leslie Green, designer of central London's distinctive ruby-red tiled stations, and the Design Research Unit's head, Misha Black, who in the 1960s rebranded British Railways and created the Victoria Line's distinctive style, and Sir Norman Foster, architect of Canary Wharf station.

Rich with hundreds of illustrations, some never been seen before, London underground by design shows that design is not just about aesthetic pleasure, but is crucial to how we get around.

5 out of 5
What an enthralling book. Produced as part of the Underground 150 celebrations, this book is full of colour and black & white illustrations from the early days and bang up to date with the Overground and Crossrail. Whilst giving full credit to those whose vision it was that gives us today's Underground, the author provides plenty of historical detail. The Introduction by Kevin McCloud summarises the whole ethos of the book in 2 pages, far more eloquently than this reviewer. There are 8 chapters in this 286 page paperback, the pages in high gloss format and in New Johnston font making for very legible reading. It's size means it won't fit in your pocket, it's 185mm x 220mm x 20mm, but won't take up much space in your home or office. Finally, mention must be made of perhaps two of the most influential men of the past 150 years. Frank Pick and Albert Stanley (see pages 62 & 63) who had overseen the Design which we see today, and whose legacy Tfl proudly continue with ensuring a 'system' approach continues. Space precludes mention of any other names, but the book has then all!
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