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Page 4 / Type face

A re-creation of page 4 ("Type face") of Unimark's NYC Transit Authority Graphics Manual as found on page 46 of Paul Shaw's excellent book Helvetica and the New York City Subway System.

 

Setting up the grid was easy. And it was fun to try to mimic the letter spacing. But I discovered that Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk Medium (what I used to set the alphabet) is not identical to the 1960s Standard Medium used by Massimo Vignelli. Most of the letterforms seem to be an exact match (the lower and upper Js are slightly different). But the numerals are *totally* different. Some of the punctuation too.

 

Paul Shaw notes that the body copy of the manual itself is set in Helvetica. I used Helvetica Neue 55.

 

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Uploaded on February 5, 2010