The following is the original announcement of the second TTC Type & Tile Tour.
Join me – Joe Clark, reigning obsessif on TTC typography and interior architecture – on a second guided tour of subway stations with signage (and/or fonts, and/or walls) that are of interest and unique to Toronto. (We did the first one last Sunday, October 28. A third one might happen at some point, but it hasn’t been scheduled.)
Where and when
- Sunday, November 4, 2007, at 1400 hours on the dot
- Meet inside Lawrence West station at track level. (Get it right: It’s Lawrence West on the Spadina line, not Lawrence on the Yonge line or Lawrence East in the Scarborough RT.) Don’t be late.
- Lawrence West, the ugliest station in the system
- Dupont, the loveliest
- Museum, for possibly-obvious reasons
- St. Patrick, where the signs are decaying off the walls
- Osgoode, where new Sheppard-style signs are so low you can touch them (and thus feel for yourself how flimsy they are)
- All the way around the loop to Rosedale, home to Univers type and unique textured tiles
- Up and over to Bayview (passing through Sheppard-Yonge without a presentation), to see what an all-Sheppard-style-sign station looks like
- Back down to Eglinton, home of the last stand of Vitrolite tiles and almost the only light weight of the TTC typeface
From Eglinton, we’ll grab a coffee or moral equivalent.
What you need
Just get yourself into the subway by legally paying a fare in some way. We won’t leave the subway system. (We might go have a drink afterward.) It would be prudent to get a transfer if you aren’t using a pass. Bring water if you like.
We’ll be complying – still – with all applicable laws, including TTC Bylaw Nº 1, at all times, which means, among other things, no ghettoblasters, no “expectorating,” no “loitering,” and no “commercial” photography without a permit.
There will be a write-in campaign to prevent Pape from being desecrated with “artificial stone.” Contact me for details.
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