Subway enthusiasts and typography junkies have a treat in store! MIT Press is republishing a book called Helvetica and the New York City Subway: The True (Maybe) Story. Previously only available in a limited edition of 500, the book is a study of the subway’s signage system written by historian and graphic designer Paul Shaw. Shaw’s composition spans the entire history of the subway–from the terra-cotta of the original subway lines, to the the hodgepodge of signage left by the three separate subway companies, through to the work of pioneering design firm Unimark International and finally the uniform Helvetica signage we have today.
Helvetica and the New York City Subway: The True (Maybe) Story is set for release in March. Check back here for a full review next month!