British Rail Font

anonymous's picture

The classic British rail font/logo by kenneth grange?

where can i get it?

Richard Hards's picture

There appears to be some evidence that the font might have been designed by by Jock Kinneir, see the last page here. There's also a possible link here, scroll down to row 26.

I seem to recall a wall in one of the rooms at my art college being covered in brand use guideline posters, because one of the tutors had been involved in the design. Unfortunately I had approximately zero interest in corporate design or typography ##years ago.

OK OK c.25years

pattyfab's picture

Could have lived without the downloads.

pattyfab's picture

Yet another thread where we never get to see the sample we're asked to ID...

geraintf's picture

kinneir & calvert also designed signage faces for the motorways, roads, and hospitals in britain.

conor, to answer your original question: these fonts (including the BR font) are not available commercially

pattyfab's picture

It isn't quite the same, though. Look at the cap M and the lower case R. Helvetica is probably closer.

geraintf's picture

alex's link shows a version sold by urw++ of transport,kinnear's font for the british road system. although it shares some similaries with continental sans of the 50s, it does it's own thing (check the l,t,R etc); it's not just a redrawing of Akzidenz Grotesk or Helvetica. so its not a sub for BR (not sure if that's what you meant).

if you want something that's close to the BR font, start with Akzidenz Grotesk or Helvetica.

anonymous's picture

thanks for that


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