Edward Johnston (1872-1944)
Information about the typeface designer Edward Johnston and his fonts.
Johnston abandoned his medical studies in Edinburgh and set off for London to "go in for art". He had a stroke of luck. He was put in charge of 'illuminating' classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.
He is considered the 'father' of the 20th century revival of formal lettering. His most well-known design is the block letter for London Underground, which is based on Classical Roman proportions.
"Fortunately for me there was no-one to teach me for nobody knew anything about my subject."
Fonts designed by Edward Johnston:
ITC Johnston Bold
P22 London Underground
P22 Underground Pro
|P22 Underground Pro Heavy|
P22 Underground Pro Thin
P22 Underground Titling Pro