Transported by Design is a celebration of a rich design heritage, dating back over 150 years. Running from July 2015 to early 2017, this programme of events, exhibitions and competitions will raise awareness of the pioneering design used every day by Londoners and visitors to the city, promoting the impact of good design.
"Visual images, such as the iconic roundel logo."
From visual images, such as the iconic roundel logo, Oyster card or Tube map, to unseen systems like contactless payment, signalling networks and control rooms, the Office of the Mayor of London and the London Transport Museum will showcase the innovative ways good design is used on today's transport network and the ways this keeps London working and growing.
Over the next two years they will:
• Highlight design icons across the transport network in 2015
• Explore the design of projects like Crossrail and Night Tube
• Celebrate 100 years of the Johnston typeface in January 2016
• Hold a design festival on Regent Street in summer 2016
• Unveil a commemoration at Piccadilly Circus station to former London Transport Managing Director Frank Pick in Autumn 2016
"Design is crucial to shaping the city's future"
The role design plays to help London work and grow is crucial to shaping the city's future, making lives easier, safer and more pleasurable. This will be the focus throughout the programme, working in joint partnership with the London Transport Museum.
Mike Brown, London's Transport Commissioner, said: "We take real pride in having fantastic spaces for people to travel in and through. Transport systems need to be functional, but the attention to detail and design apparent in our network shows our customers that we care about their journeys. Good design is part of our heritage but is also relevant for today. And, as we unveil new stations such as at Tottenham Court Road or a new Routemaster bus as we have recently done, good design is a core part of our future thinking too - even as we continue to grow as London grows."
Tottenham Court Road
The moquette pictured above is from one of the 1938 sub-surface trains (those that run on the Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City, or District lines). It was designed by Enid Marx, who had been commissioned by London Transport to design fabric in 1937. Marx was a talented textile designer who also illustrated books and engaged in printmaking. In the 1950s and 1960s she also designed several posters for London Transport.