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London Transport Posters New edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0853319856
ISBN-10: 0853319855
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'Every page of this book offers the reader images of the diversity of subject-matter and artistic style that have exemplified London Transport Posters over the last century... This is a book with wide appeal; it would be the ideal complement to a visit to the London Transport Museum for the general visitor, while offering a sound introduction to the subject for those seeking a deeper understanding of this important design phenomenon.' Cassone

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David Bownes is Senior Curator at London Transport Museum. His recent publications include The Metropolitan Railway (2005). Oliver Green is Head Curator at London Transport Museum and has written and lectured extensively on London Transport's design history. Jonathan Black is a Senior Research Fellow in History of Art at Dorich House Museum, Kingston University, with a special interest in early twentieth-century European art, cultural and military history. Emmanuelle Dirix is a design historian and associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London and the London College of Fashion. Claire Dobbin is an art historian and Project Curator at London Transport Museum. Catherine Flood is a Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London with responsibility for the Museum's poster collection. Bex Lewis is an Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Winchester. Alan Powers is Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich and has written extensively on twentieth-century British art and design. Paul Rennie is Head of Context in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Brian Webb is a practising designer who, with his former agency Trickett and Webb, designed a number of posters for London Underground.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries; New edition edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853319855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853319856
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Bex Lewis is Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, and Director of The Big Bible Project for CODEC, St John's College, Durham University. She is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way. She has a background as a social historian specialising in mass communications, writing the history for the Keep Calm and Carry On poster as part of her 2004 PhD 'British Home Front Propaganda Posters of the Second World War'.

Bex has over 16 years of experience in the digital environment, having built her first website in 1997, and undertaken accessibility and usability projects. She is the Director of 'Digital Fingerprint' a social media consultancy, whose clients include the Church of England, URC, The Methodist Church, JISC and universities. Bex is a regular speaker at academic conferences, Christian events, on TV and the radio.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rob Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 13, 2009
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When you think of patrons of the arts, you might think of the Medici family, or the Guggenheims, or maybe one of today's billionaires. You might not think of commercial or governmental enterprise. But in the twentieth century one particular London organization became a patron to a particular art form, and chances are that even if you have never been in London, you have seen the results. London Transport, in its own self interest, became a supporter of poster art, and the graphics that resulted have been hugely influential. _London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design_ (published by Lund Humphries in association with London Transport Museum, and edited by David Bownes and Oliver Green, with eight other contributors) is a colorful presentation of truly great poster art. There are probably few advertisements that you'd spend money on and frame, but these handsome, informative, amusing, and persuasive posters have always generated enough enthusiasm that London Transport has had to print up extras not for the Tube stations or bus stops, but also for people to take home. The book explains how this successful partnership between commerce and art came to be and has continued.

Much of the credit for the patronage goes to the managing director of London Transport between the wars, Frank Pick, who came to the job in 1908. There were two great graphic steps Pick took to provide unity to the Underground system. One was to persuade calligrapher Edward Johnson to produce a distinctive set of letters that would be used for the Underground's signs and publicity. The other was to choose draughtsman Harry Beck to provide a tube map.
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Gorgeous book - brings back great memories of living in London and plastering my walls with TONS of postcards from the London Transport Museum.
I plan to make a collage from the book - will probably need a 2nd on in order not to miss any!!
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Like new! Great book, great gift! Really happy to have gotten this book for a gift! Will recommend to others.
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