Toronto Subway font

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Queens Park Station curved tile.JPG
Category Sans-serif
Classification Geometric
Commissioned by Toronto Transit Commission
Date created ca. 1954
Design based on Futura
Variations Toronto Subway Regular
Also known as TTC font

The Toronto subway font is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed for the original section of the Toronto Transit Commission’s Yonge subway.

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The font is a distinctive rectangular font composed of capital letters etched into the tiles of the Toronto subway stations opened between 1954 and 1968. It has been replaced by other fonts on the original Yonge line (from Union to Eglinton) as a result of renovations to all stations along that line except for Eglinton. A "bold" version of this font can be seen at every station along the Bloor–Danforth line from Islington to Warden, which were the termini stations from 1968 to 1980, when Kipling and Kennedy stations were built (these two stations do not have the Toronto subway font). It can also be seen at various stations along the northern part of the Yonge line, the University line, and was incorporated into the renovated Bloor and Wellesley stations. The font is used on all Sheppard line stations, as well as on all stops and stations along the 512 St. Clair streetcar line, with the exception of St. Clair West station.

Notable features:[1]

  • near-perfect circles for C, G, O, and Q;
  • middle horizontal strokes along a horizontal mid-line for B, E, F and H;
  • a Futura-like S composed of two semicircles;
  • strokes that tend toward straight lines (even the stem of the distinctive low-waist R) and terminate at right angles;
  • sharp corners on M, N, V, and W that descend below the baseline or project above the cap height.

A commercial version of the TTC font was created by David Vereschagin in 2004.

Similar fonts[edit]

Often misidentified as Gill Sans, and that the Toronto Subway Font is partially based on Johnston (used in the London Underground), somewhat similar typefaces include Futura, Verlag, Bernhard Gothic, Metro, Brandon Grotesque, Neutraface, and Eagle.

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