Time to upgrade your Oyster card
The Underground is redrawn for Designjunction’s Oyster card holders
The show – which will be housed again in the old postal Sorting Office in Bloomsbury – is revisiting its limited edition Oyster Card holders. Previous design contributions came from Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Dixon and Established & Sons.
But this year, Designjunction and Transport for London have commissioned 10 participants in the show to create some new graphics.
It is, after all, London Underground’s 150th anniversary. So to keep the creations on brand, the designers have been asked to reference elements of the tube’s identity.
Which means that PearsonLloyd, Kate Moross, James Joyce, Andreas Neophytou, Noma Bar, Krstjana S Williams and MinaLima and others have had fun playing with some of the UK’s most iconic imagery, like Harry Beck’s tube map, which, by the way, turns 80 this year.
Celebrated product designers PearsonLloyd has given the Underground roundel some multi-coloured go-faster stripes. And Bar has subtly introduced a brace of mice – normally spotted scuttling along the tracks - to the marque. “I wanted to create a design with a narrative that would celebrate the forgotten areas of the underground” he says.
Neophytou was inspired by the patterned upholstery. “Durable, and great at concealing stains, the complex patterns of the colour-coded moquettes that furnish our trains and buses … are firmly embedded in the psyche of Londoners,” he says.
Single holders are going for £6.99, and a set of 10 will set you back £55. But it’s not all about plastic wallets. TfL will also have a physical presence at the show, in the form of a pop-up bar and restaurant, called the Camden Town Bar - (aptly named, as anyone who's caught the last train home from that particular station will tell you). Meanwhile, design fans will be pleased to hear that The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is newly available at a very special price in our online store.