Here’s something for both tube and font geeks — a series of 13 hand lettering illustrations that visually celebrates the 13 London Underground tube lines. They’ve been created by Nathan Evans, a Bristol based Illustrator and Mural Artist.

He says that “when you’re exploring a new city, your eyes are always drawn to the unique things that locals consider banal and everyday. These interesting details are camouflaged to the familiar eyes that glide past them daily, but to you they stand out like beacons, illuminating the hidden character of a new place.”

He said that when he first moved to London, he was warned about the crush of travelling on the tube, but soon realised that if you adjust your tempo, slow things down a little and open your eyes, there’s beauty to be found underground.

Typography, colours, patterns and textures all combine to create the rich tapestry of the London Underground. These hidden-in-plain-sight details inspired him to produce his most ambitious lettering project to date.

As an artist, he spent days exploring the tube, travelling each line, collecting inspiration along the way, then studied the collection in the studio, cherry picked certain elements, applied his own illustrative style and created a lettering series highlighting the beautiful characteristics of the Underground.

On the web: Nathan Evans


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4 comments on “Lettering reflecting the personalities of the London Underground lines
  1. J P says:

    I give up. I’ve been on a fool’s errand though I should know better. Explanation of each different style nor even clue found I none.
    Why ARE they in those fonts? Not that it matters but his own site says no more than quoted above. All a bit discombobulatorily Monty Python.

  2. harry says:

    He says these fonts are “hidden in plain sight” which implies they are already there to see, if you look for them.

    But the article implies that he created those fonts — so either he produced them and displayed them by arrangement with the Underground management, or they’re lookalike fonts. I’m not sure which.

  3. Bio Bopp says:

    Poor forgotten TfL Rail

  4. Howard says:

    Harry Beck and Edward Johnston are spinning in their graves!

    These fonts are frankly rubbish! They convey nothin, except what is in the creator’s mind.

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