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Black Cab tops the list of London’s transport ‘Design Icons’


By Natalie Mortimer, N/A

November 4, 2015 | 3 min read

London's famous black cab has been voted the number one transport 'Design Icon' after Transport for London (TfL) and London Transport Museum launched a search find the capital's favourite.

More than 10,000 Londoners took part in the search, which named the work of Frank Pick, who commissioned classic Tube posters and Harry Beck's original Tube map, in the second and third spots respectively.

The ‘Design Icons’ search is part of ‘Transported by Design’, an 18-month programme of events, exhibitions and competitions that celebrate the role of good design on the capital’s transport network.

Londoners voted for two months from a shortlist of 100 transport designs that had been chosen by industry experts, staff and the London Transport Museum.

Sam Mullins, director of London Transport Museum, said that good design is "at the heart of everything" that TfL and its predecessor organisations deliver.

"From the golden age of the publicity posters in the early 20th century, to the technological developments and innovation that have led to London’s public transport system becoming a world leader," he said. "At London Transport Museum visitors can see hundreds of examples of this design excellence – from graphics and architecture through to engineering and classic vehicle design, as well as the many of the Design Icons voted for by the public.”

The 10 most popular designs are:

1. Black cab

2. The work of Frank Pick – who commissioned classic Tube posters and the Johnston typeface

3. Harry Beck's original Tube map

4. Baker Street Underground station platforms

5. Iconic Roundel logo

6. Original Routemaster bus

7. Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth artwork found in every Tube station

8. RT type bus which ran from the 1930s to the 1970s

9. New walk-through S-stock Tube trains

10. Westminster Underground station

A selection of the 100 ‘Design Icons’ will be showcased in a special event in early 2016.

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