Why Condor’s new livery is really getting people talking

Love it or hate it, it’s a sure-fire bet that you’re talking about it right now. German charter airline Condor have launched their new livery – or more accurately, a whole new brand – and it’s fair to say that it has divided popular opinion straight down the middle. ‘Passion is our compass’, Condor have […]

An aesthetic alternative to EMR’s network map

EMR train

Architect and mapmaker Jug Cerovic has presented a stunning alternative to a British rail operator’s network map. NS-owned East Midlands Railway took over the East Midlands franchise from long-term incumbent Stagecoach back in August 2019. At the time, we reported on the operator’s new aubergine-based livery and brand, which replaced the much-loved ‘swoops’ identity of […]

Preston’s iconic bus station is brought to life in these stunning illustrations

Preston bus station illustration

Preston’s Grade II-listed bus station is, quite simply, an icon. A brutalist behemoth with a capacity for 80 buses in its heyday, it was designed by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson of Building Design Partnership, and built by Arup and Partners between 1968 and 1969. Recently redeveloped and revitalised, the historic building was threatened with […]

8 books you MUST have on your bookshelf if you love transport and design

Identity Manual

Do you know your Arial from your Helvetica, from your Rail Alphabet? If you claim to be a fan of both transport and design, there are several publications which you quite simply MUST own to validate your claim. There’s no better feeling in the world than ‘going analogue’ for an afternoon, settling into an oversized […]

British Airways are painting planes with much-loved designs from their history


As part of their 100-year birthday celebrations, British Airways are bringing back BOAC. Entering service from Tuesday 19 February, the BOAC-liveried Boing 747 (G-BYGC) will be the first aircraft to receive a popular design from British Airways’ past, with more details of further designs to be revealed later in the year. The livery from the 1964 – 1974 […]

Illustrating London – an interview with Julia Allum

London Stories

Julia Allum is an award-winning Norfolk-based illustrator with a love of everything vintage. Influenced by poster art from the first half of the 20th century, she uses simple bold shapes to create her colourful, eye catching illustrations. Julia’s worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Natwest, Expedia, the University of Birmingham, the NHS […]

London City – the floating airport

The runway at London City, bordered by the Royal Albert and King George V docks.

Yes, it’s another one of those plucky little people movers we love so much at transportdesigned; this time, it comes in the form of a floating airport. London City Airport (LCY) is the British capital’s smallest commercial airport. Located in the Docklands area of east London, the airport consists of terminal buildings and a single […]

Harry Beck – 80 years

Harry Beck's blue plaque, revealed this week at his birthplace in Leyton, east London.

The late Harry Beck this week received a blue plaque on the 80th anniversary of his Tube map’s first appearance. Beck’s map, created in 1933, would set the future standard for London Tube maps (and indeed, transit maps the world over). His design, though updated over time, remains in use right up to the present […]

Borismaster: a design triumph…?

Borismaster front

It’s fair to say – there’s nothing on the road quite like the lovingly-named ‘Borismaster’ right now. These iconic vehicles are, by any measure, an impressive piece of kit. The first few have entered service on Arriva London route 38 (Victoria – Hackney Central), a route which takes in a big chunk of central London […]

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