Painting by numbers

The London Transport Museum has a new exhibition of posters which opens on the 6th January 2012 called Painting by Numbersas the title suggests the exhibition focuses on how graphic design was used to communicate statistics.

The example below was produced by Alfred Leete in 1915, an Illustrator who also produced the famous war poster of Lord Kitchener. The poster below makes a simple comparison of speeds  between the Underground and it’s competitors.

One of the other posters featured in the exhibition (shown below) looked familiar to me, then I realised I had seen a redesign of a very similar graphic earlier in the year.  It just goes to show there really is nothing new under the Sun!

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About Richard Overy

Photographer, Collector & Creative
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