Johnston's typeface is iconic for everybody who lives in or visits London, however many may not know that he was also the creator of the early fabrics that now give each line their distinct personality. Using printed woodblock letters from the Johnston typeface to create patterns based on the weaves of the underground seats, our poster aims to communicate the hustle bustle of London and the constant presence of Johnston in our everyday journeys.
About the Artist
In 1998, having collaborated as students at the Royal College of Art, Sophie Thomas and Kristine Matthews formalised their relationship and set up Thomas Matthews. Since then the company has grown to become an award winning practice with a shared passion for bringing outstanding design and communication to important issues. Part of the Useful Simple Trust, an employee benefit organisation, we aim to blaze a trail in the provision of the human environment. For nearly 20 years we have led and delivered a vast array of projects across the world, starting with the highly acclaimed 'No Shop' campaign for Friends of the Earth in 1997, to the identity and wayfinding for the world famous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, and more recently, with Sheffield Children's Hospital creating engaging ward environments, and creating the brand identity for the National Trust's Causeway Hotel in Northern Ireland. We find our most enjoyable and innovative work has evolved from our collaborations with communities, engineers, artists, scientists, architects and activists.
100th Anniversary of Johnston Font
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this most iconic of typefaces, Transport for London (TfL) has collaborated with eleven of the UK's most exciting graphic and design agencies who have each created a poster to celebrate this milestone in British design history: Alan Kitching, Build, Magpie, Monotype, Pentagram, Sawdust, SEA, Studio Frith, Studio Parallel, The Beautiful Meme, Thomas.Matthews.
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