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10 February, 2006

Concerning torments

For some obscure traditional reason, all official maps of the London Underground display anagrams of the station names.  Understandably, this is rather annoying, and this map displaying the correct names is extremely welcome.

[Via BoingBoing.]

[Update 23/02/05: S'gone. Transport for London's lawyers had it removed. Various people are hosting mirrors of it; at the time of writing, this one works.]

Comments

Wonderful as it is, and call me a nit-picker if you like, but I wish they'd used the right typeface...

Posted by Siobhan Curran at February 10, 2006 03:05 PM

I wouldn't spend $29.95 on a joke, when an entirely adequate freeware version exists.

Posted by NRT at February 10, 2006 03:36 PM

Where?

Posted by Siobhan Curran at February 10, 2006 04:09 PM

Any large-ish online freeware font library!

Remember, I'm saying that for this purpose, any freeware font reminiscent of Johnston's typeface is more than adequate. I'm not talking about a freeware clone of the real typeface, which would convince anyone who could (and would choose to) distinguish, say, Arial from Helvetica. If it suggests London Underground, it's enough.

Posted by NRT at February 10, 2006 04:53 PM

No, I gotta disagree. "Suggestive" is not enough - too many parodies get let down by not enough attention to detail. I love the idea behind the anagrammed Tube Map, but the execution doesn't do it justice.

Would The Great Bear be in the Tate if Simon Patterson had said "Ack, sod it. I'll just use Gill Sans"?

Posted by Siobhan Curran at February 10, 2006 05:19 PM
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