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    DescriptionLondon Underground By Design is the beautifully illustrated new book from Mark Ovenden, the acclaimed author of Great Railway Maps of the World, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Tube in 2013. Since its establishment 150 years ago as the world's first urban subway, the London Underground has continuously set a benchmark 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, a comprehensive history of one of the world's most celebrated design achievements, and of the visionaries who brought it to life. Beginning in the pioneering Victorian age, Mark Ovenden charts the evolution of 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 twentieth century's 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. "Fascinating ...authoritative ...bristles with photographs I've never seen before ...the book does ample justice to a network that - overcrowded and overpriced - is a glorious palimpsest of design". (Andrew Martin, Observer). "I wouldn't ordinarily enthuse about one book at such length, but this is an important work ...not because it's an entertaining read (it is), but because it identifies the birth of a brand ...and records the birth of a new idea - the transport interchange". (Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs Magazine). "Mark Ovenden has devotedly documented the designs associated with [the Underground] ..."addictive" for anyone interested in the look of everyday life". (Telegraph). "This beautifully illustrated history is a worth tribute [to 150 years of design]". (Shortlist). "A wonderful, handsome book ...it makes me want to nerd out, get a travel card and whiz out to the strange ends of Metroland or the UFO shape of Southgate station". (Robert Bownes/Andrew Tuck, Monocle Weekly (Radio programme)). Mark Ovenden is a British writer and broadcaster. His previous books are Metro Maps of the World, Paris Metro Style and Great Railway Maps of the World. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and lives in London.


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    Title
    London Underground by Design
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Ovenden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 183 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 820 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846144172
    ISBN 10: 1846144175
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    BIC subject category V2: WGF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.4
    BIC subject category V2: WTR
    BIC E4L: TRA
    BIC subject category V2: ACX, AKC
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24350
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKESL
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 388.4209421
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Particular Books
    Publication date
    18 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Mark Ovenden is a British writer and broadcaster. His previous books are Metro Maps of the World , Paris Metro Style and Great Railway Maps of the World. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and lives in London.
    Review quote
    I wouldn't ordinarily enthuse about one book at such length, but this is an important work...not because it's an entertaining read (it is), but because it identifies the birth of a brand...and records the birth of a new idea - the transport interchange. -- Kevin McCloud Grand Designs Magazine Mark Ovenden has devotedly documented the designs associated with [the Underground] ... "addictive" for anyone interested in the look of everyday life. Telegraph A wonderful, handsome book ... it makes me want to nerd out, get a travel card and whiz out to the strange ends of Metroland or the UFO shape of Southgate station. -- Robert Bownes/Andrew Tuck Monocle Weekly This beautifully illustrated history is a worthy tribute [to 150 years of design]. Shortlist [Praise for Great Railway Maps of the World]: Just the ticket ... it is a glorious celebration of the pioneering history - and romance - of the railways Sunday Times Travel Books of the Year 2011 This is a terrific coffee table book. It's a work of art in itself. Mark Ovenden has created a book that will transport the lucky recipient on an eccentric and world tour they will not forget Bookseller