Typographer Edward Johnston – Going Underground… inspired by

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

Edward Johnston CBE  (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  roundel  symbol used throughout the 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.

William Harrison Cowlishaw (1869–1957) was a British architect of the European Arts and Crafts school and a follower of William Morris.

Lethaby advised him to study…

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