A tweet-printing machine shaped like the Transport for London roundel has been designed by Florian Dussopt to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Johnston typeface.
The piece will be on show as part of Designjunction at this year’s London Design Festival, and will be printing out Twitter messages in the Johnston typeface throughout the festival’s tenure.
Edward Johnston was commissioned by Frank Pick to create the typeface for the Underground Group in 1916.
The typeface was updated this June by Monotype, which launched the redrawn Johnston100 for use across TfL’s trains and station signage, including on London’s new Crossrail Elizabeth line when it opens in 2018.
Twitter Machine forms part of Designjunction’s wider collaboration with TfL, which for 2016 takes the theme Metroland, exploring the links between the transport system and suburban housing developments in the early 20th century.
Other works on display will include a funfair-style product display installation called Wonderland, by Loris&Livia. Exhibitors in the space including Made.com, Kirkby Design and Finnish design house Vallila, which will all show pieces inspired by the posters, artwork and fixtures of London’s transport system.