The Language of LondonTFL

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Johnston typeface, Transport for London have commissioned a collection of new posters from well-known designers as part of the new The Language of London exhibition at KK Outlet.

Each poster uses the iconic Johnston typeface which has helped millions of people navigate their way around London’s underground system for the past 100 years.

The designers involved include Alan Kitching, Build, Sawdust, Monotype, Magpie, Pentagram, Sea, Studio Frith, Studio Parallel, The Beautiful Meme and Thomas Matthews.

Given the democratic nature of the Johnston typeface, KK Outlet has commissioned Florian Dussopt to create a bespoke twitter machine to include as many Londoners in the exhibition as possible. Using the Johnston typeface the specially designed and created Twitter Machine will print all tweets featuring #dearlondon live in the KK Outlet gallery.

Dussopt’s Twitter Machine will function as a low-fi printing press which is linked direct to the #dearlondon hashtag on twitter. The audience are encouraged to tweet their 70 character love letter to London in their own language and join in the conversation.

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