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A Logo for London

A Logo for London

Laurence King

By David Lawrence


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The London Transport bar and circle – also known
as the bulls-eye or roundel – is an icon of commercial
design. Over the last century it has come to represent
not only London’s transport network but also the
city itself. Rare for the logo of a large organization,
the symbol is often perceived as being ‘cool’, and
its influence has extended into many other fields,
including fashion, pop music and counter-culture.
This fascinating book charts the history and
development of the symbol from the early 20th century
to the present day, and explores its use across the
company’s many activities, as well as its wide-ranging
cultural influence. Richly illustrated with poster
artworks, photographs and other graphic material
from the London Transport Museum archives, the
book features numerous inventive uses of the logo,
many of them previously unpublished.

• Looks in detail at the development and history of the iconic
London Transport logo

• Charts the influence of the design in fashion and pop culture

• Illustrated with images from the London Transport Museum
archives, many previously unpublished

More Details

Size: 9 3/4 x 8 3/4 in;
Pages: 176 pp;
250 color illustrations
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2013
ISBN: 9781780672960
ISBN10: 1780672969
David Lawrence is principal lecturer in architecture at Kingston University. He is an architect, design historian and broadcaster, and the author of several books including Food on the Move (2010), Bright Underground Spaces (2008), and Underground Architecture (1994).

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