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Encyclopedia > Edward Johnston
Modern version of London Underground Roundel
Modern version of London Underground Roundel

Edward Johnston (11 February 187226 November 1944), was a British craftsman who is credited with the revival of the broad edged pen as a writing tool, a particular form of calligraphy. He started teaching at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London's Southampton Row, where he influenced the typeface designer and sculptor Eric Gill. Then he moved on to the Royal College of Art and many students were inspired by his teachings. Edward Johnston may refer to: Edward Johnston, British scholar credited with the revival of calligraphy; Edward Johnston (Australian politician), widely known as Bertie Johnston, Western Australian MLA and Australian Senator; Edward Johnston (soldier), American Indian Wars soldier and Medal of Honor recipient Category: ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x723, 167 KB) hi what u doing London Underground, sign at Westminster tube station Date: 29th October 2001 20:24 Camera: Olympus C-1 Exposure: 1/30 sec. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x723, 167 KB) hi what u doing London Underground, sign at Westminster tube station Date: 29th October 2001 20:24 Camera: Olympus C-1 Exposure: 1/30 sec. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Craftsman is an artisan who practices a handicraft or trade; a style of architecture and furniture arising from the Arts and Crafts movement; a military rank within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, equivalent to a private; and ... Contemporary Western Calligraphy. ... Central Saint Martins - Southampton Row, Holborn Central Saint Martins (ex-St Martins) in Charing Cross Road. ... Early 20th century London Passenger Transport Board photograph of a tram entering a tunnel at Southampton Row. ... Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (February 22, 1882–November 17, 1940) was a British sculptor, typographer and engraver. ... The Darwin Building at Kensington Gore The Royal College of Art (RCA) is a university in London, England. ...


He is most famous for designing the sans-serif Johnston typeface that is used throughout the London Underground system as well as the famous roundel logo used throughout the system. In typography, serifs are the small features at the end of strokes within letters. ... Sample Johnston printing blocks A London Underground map with text in the New Johnston typeface. ... “Font” redirects here. ... The London Underground is an underground railway system - also known as a rapid transit system - that serves a large part of Greater London, United Kingdom and some neighbouring areas. ... The modern proportion RAF roundel A roundel in heraldry is any circular shape; in military use it is an emblem of nationality employed on military aircraft and air force flags, generally round and consisting of concentric rings of different colors. ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ...


He has also been credited for reviving the art of modern penmanship and lettering single-handedly through his books and teachings. Johnston also devised the simply crafted round calligraphic handwriting style, written with a broad pen, known as the foundational hand. Penmanship is the art of writing clearly and quickly. ...


In 1921, students of Johnston founded the Society of Scribes & Illuminators (SSI), probably the world's foremost calligraphy society. Illuminated page from the Book of Durrow The Society of Scribes & Illuminators is an organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of the arts of calligraphy and illumination. ...


Publications

Johnston Sans printing blocks
Johnston Sans printing blocks
  • Johnston, Edward (1995). Writing & Illuminating & Lettering. Dover Publications, 480 pp. ISBN 0-486-28534-0. 
  • Johnston, Edward (1986). Lessons in Formal Writing. Taplinger Publishing Company, 243 pp. ISBN 0-8008-4642-7. 
  • Johnston, Edward (1990). Decoration and Its Uses. Tenspeed, 64 pp. ISBN 0-89815-401-4. 

Download high resolution version (1168x1760, 199 KB)Johnston Sans printing blocks, seen in Londons Transport Museum, 2004-09-04. ... Download high resolution version (1168x1760, 199 KB)Johnston Sans printing blocks, seen in Londons Transport Museum, 2004-09-04. ...

External links

  • National Portrait Gallery Edward Johnston, 1937
  • London's Transport Museum Photographic Archive Example of condensed form Johnston font used on a bus blind
  • Crafts Study Centre Edward Johnston Collection hosted by AHDS Visual Arts

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Johnston replaced the solid red disc with a white circle framed by red and applied his Railway lettering to the station name in the same palette on white on a dark blue bar.
Adopting Edward Johnston’s roundel as the symbol of the new LPTB – or London Transport, as it was called for short – Pick proceeded to instil the new company which the same high design standards that had proved so successful at the Underground Group.
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Johnston's version omits these years entirely, for he claims to have begun working for Ziegfeld as a young student rather than as a 34-year old man with art school a decade behind him.
Johnston was the photographer of the Ziegfeld girls rather than of the Follies itself, for Ziegfeld maintained the services of the George White Studios for routine production of photography.
Johnston continually stressed that it was "brains" and "personality," not physical attractions alone, that made his subjects beautiful.
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