July 2014

Toronto TTC Typeface & Colour Palette

Since moving to Toronto in April I have been continuously impressed by the public transport system within the city! Although I mostly rely on my trusty (if rusty) bike, when I’ve had the occasion to use them buses, streetcars and subways seem to be regular, fairly fast and affordable compared to transport in New Zealand.

However if I’m honest, it’s not the reliability of the TTC that I’ve remarked upon the most, but the typeface used in the majority of the subway stations. It’s a beautifully clean sans serif design, and the more I’ve looked into it the more facinated I have become.

Here is a look at signage and colour palettes of the subway stations. Most of which use the geometric Toronto subway typeface, and some use an inconsistent mix of fonts.
(This is an ongoing project so I’ll be adding pics as I explore the 74 stations.)

Bloor – Danforth Line
(West to East)

Kipling (one of the signs that uses an alternative typeface)
TTC Kipling Station