Design: Metro signs

Almost all major cities around the world have one thing in common – they have an underground transport system may it be called Metro, U-Bahn, Subway, Underground or something else. And most of them tell you quite a bit about the city you’re in or provide unusual views. If you for example in Prague don’t miss out on a visit of their metro – its a bit like back to the 60s or a Victor Vasarely show at a museum. And the Blue Line in Stockholm is famous for their art exhibitions aka the longest gallery of the world. Like in Stockholm many other stations are showcases for contemporary or modern design themselves.

Most of the organizations who run these underground transport systems have created a distinctive CI for their communications and as it happens to be that the majority of these systems are indeed called Metro you get the letter “M” in many variations dotted over our cities to mark station entrances. And these are as different as – for example – the Washington Metrorail with its carpeted floors is from New York City subways.

But all of those variations of the letter “M” are interesting examples for typography and logo design as used on a large scale in our urban spaces.

If you’re interested to find out more about these logos or underground systems around the world have a look at Metro Bits a web site dedicated to the different aspects of our subway systems.


Click on the image below for the link.

link to metro bits web site





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