The world famous black cab, the ground-breaking work of Frank Pick and Harry Beck’s iconic Tube map have been named as London’s favourite transport ‘Design Icons’. The three topped the vote after more than 10,000 Londoners took part in the Transport for London (TfL) and London Transport Museum search.
Sponsored by Exterion Media, the ‘Design Icons’ search is part of Transported by Design, an 18-month programme of events, exhibitions and competitions that celebrate the role of good design on the Capital’s transport network.
Londoners voted for two months from a shortlist of 100 transport designs that had been carefully chosen by industry experts, staff and the London Transport Museum. The 10 most popular designs are:
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“It is fantastic to see that the world famous design of black cabs has been selected as London’s favourite transport design. The shortlist was so strong that even iconic designs such as our Moquette seating or the Johnston typeface missed out on a top ten position. Through our Design Icons search we want to showcase how, from the Tube map to the smallest detail of the new Routemaster bus, S-stock trains and our multi-billion pound upgrade projects, everything we design is with our customers in mind.”
Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner
“It is a testament to the powerfully simple, eminently British and timeless design, along with the love of what the London Underground does for the city, that the Roundel is an icon.”.
Wayne Hemingway, MBE
“Good design is at the heart of everything that TfL and its predecessor organisations deliver; from the golden age of the publicity posters in the early 20th century, to the technological developments and innovation that have led to London’s public transport system becoming a world leader. At London Transport Museum visitors can see hundreds of examples of this design excellence – from graphics and architecture through to engineering and classic vehicle design, as well as the many of the Design Icons voted for by the public.”
Sam Mullins, Director of London Transport Museum
We have launched a Pop Up Shop in South Kensington Tube station, offering time pushed commuters the perfect pit stop to pick up Christmas gifts for family and friends.
The beautifully designed shop offers a range of exclusive fashion, homeware and gifts as well as the world famous moquette fabric patterns used on public transport seating. Gifts for children, stationery and souvenirs, as well as tickets to London Transport Museum are also be available.The shop boasts an innovative printing kiosk offering a variety of print sizes and bespoke framing options making it the perfect gift to pick up on your commute home or during your lunch break.
The kiosk is a collaborative venture with King & McGaw, the largest art website in Europe, and they have curated a collection of over 100 iconic prints from the Museum’s collection. It is the first time London Transport Museum has licensed a third party to produce original art work.
The Pop Up Shop is open daily 10:00-19:00. London Transport Museum’s full range of gifts can be seen their shop in Covent Garden Piazza and online at www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk