On January 15, I stayed home to catch up on blogging. That is all I did all day. And I wrote this special-edition post which I had been planning to write:
As a graphic designer by profession, I can not help but look at type wherever I go. I have been meaning to do a special post just on Berlin subway station typography. This could be a topic for a design student’s thesis, all on its own, so I just want to give a few examples of the typographic variety you will find in the Berlin subway signage.
For further reading, however, you can take a look at the following links:
— A photoset on Flickr by Patrick Scholl that is more exhaustive than what I am showing here, and offers a pretty good selection of many Berlin subway stations.
— This typographer, Anton Koovit, has even designed a font based on the U 8 typography shown in the photos of Kottbusser Tor, Alexanderplatz (the one with the sickly green tiles), and Hermannplatz station signage.
— Another photoset on Flickr, this one by Kris Sowersby, with photos of Berlin street signs.
A general note on Berlin public transit: I like that you can always get some quick food and drink in Berlin, even on many subway platforms. There is enough people traffic here during each day that the food operators can survive in these artificially lit subway tunnels. I have been grateful several times when I was in a rush to be able to grab a coffee and pastry as a quick breakfast.
The opposite function is not as well served, however. There is a bit of a shortage of public bathrooms. The good thing is that when you find one, it’s usually clean because there is a “Toilettenfrau”, as the usually female attendant is called, who wipes the seat for you for a small fee and makes sure the toilets are clean and stocked with supplies. I have found prices for a loo visit as high as € 1.