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Transport Designed’s Review of 2016 – November

The British Rail Corporate Identity Manual is reborn

British Rail Corporate Identity Manual

The long-awaited reproduction of the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual finally started to drop through letter boxes in November.

Reproduced by London-based graphic designer Wallace Henning, the project to reproduce all 220 pages of the original manual was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and raised over £55,000. Originally issued in July 1965, the book showcases British Rail’s entire 1965 graphic identity, including the iconic ‘double arrow’ logo and Rail Alphabet typeface.

The 372-page foil-blocked hardback includes interviews with the designer of the double arrows, Gerry Barney, plus a foreword by Michael C Page and introduction by Tony Howard, former head of design at British Rail.

British Rail Manual inside

Image credits and to buy the book: Henning Limited.

What else happened in November?

  • London Transport’s first Chief Executive, Frank Pick was honoured with a new artwork designed by Langlands & Bell, unveiled at Piccadilly Circus on the 75th anniversary of his death
  • We published our list of the world’s greatest transport logos

Frank Pick

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