The Best of Poetry In Motion Book

The Best of Poetry In Motion Book

Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story Book

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by Paul Shaw

For years, the signs in the New York City subway system were a bewildering hodge-podge of lettering styles, sizes, shapes, materials, colors, and messages. This book tells the story of how typographic order triumphed over chaos. Shaw describes the slow typographic changeover (supplementing his text with more than 250 images--photographs, sketches, type samples, and documents). He places this signage evolution in the context of the history of the New York City subway system, of 1960s transportation signage, of Unimark International, and of Helvetica itself.


Hardcover; 144 pages; 11 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches; ISBN-13: 978-0262015486

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What's the Story New York's first subway line opened in Manhattan on October 27, 1904 with 28 stations. The route traveled approximately nine miles from City Hall north to Grand Central Station, then west to Times Square and up the West Side to 145th Street. Today, the subway system has grown to 468 stations connecting neighborhoods across the city.