Video: Making Vitreous Enamel Wayfinding Signage

As an aside to the last post about the 1983 Chicago CTA map, Dennis also sent along this fun little “How It’s Made” video about the process used to create signs such as this.

In the case of the CTA signs, the background blue would be the second layer applied to the steel signboard, and white and black would be the two screen printed colours that are then fired and fused permanently to the backing. It’s a time- and labour-intensive way of making signs (largely replaced by full-colour digital printing today) but it’s absolutely fascinating to see the process involved.

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Barcelona Metro

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Barcelona Metro 2

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Beijing Subway

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Berlin S-Bahn

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Berlin U-Bahn

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Boston ‘The T’

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Brussels Metro

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Copenhagen Metro

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Hong Kong MTR

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Montreal Metro

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Moscow Metro

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New York City Subway

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Paris Metro

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Rotterdam Metro

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Shanghai Metro

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Saint Petersburg Metro

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Stockholm Metro

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Tokyo Metro

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London Underground

Here’s a site which I sourced a few of the pictures. There’s some good info on it too.

Definitely related to my usual topic of discussion, and a huge part of wayfinding and corporate identity for each Metro system. Notice how instantly recognisable many of these logos are? See also this previous post regarding Metro logos from May 2012.

Osaka Subway Map, Area Map and Wayfinding System

Nice big maps, and clear (but maybe a little dull) directional signage. A full review of that system map looks to be in order in the near future… 

(Source: Ian YVR/Flickr)

Porto Metro Signage

Looks quite lovely in location… although perhaps a little small to be seen from far away.

(Source: varlamov/Flickr)

The Colors of Public Transit

Love, love, love this photo of wayfinding signage in Chicago. Anyone know which station this is? I’m guessing one of the Wabash stations on the Loop, but don’t know enough about them to narrow it down further.

Edit: Knowledgeable readers have identified this sign as being at Clark/Lake station - thanks!

(Source: k.james/Flickr)

Direzione: Anagnina

If the name of your station is in light grey, the trains from this platform are not going there. Simple but effective wayfinding signage from Rome’s Metro.

(Source: Matt Taylor Hobbs/Flickr)

Photo: Barcelona Wayfinding Signage

A excellent example of how strong transit map design is carried across to other elements of the user experience: here, strong and easily understood wayfinding signage in the Barcelona Metro.

(Source: airways/Flickr)