(x) Sans typeface used in Lisbon Subway - Metrolis {Ricardo Santos}

Gustavo Ferreira's picture

hi typophiles...!

i've recently been in portugal for one night... would like to know what typeface is used by lisbon's underground:



(this image was captured from the company's web-site.)


thanks for your help,
gustavo.

cheshiredave's picture

WhatTheFont is down?? It's like kryptonite! I'm meltinnnnnnngggggg!

ricardo's picture

Hello Gustavo, the name of this font is Bliss. I don't have here more details in my work but more later at home I'll send you more informations. But I think the type designer made this font especially for this work, see you more later. At

spiral's picture

hmmm... thought it was barmeno, but the e is quite different

jfp's picture

Its a custom font designed by the Foundry (Freda Sack and David Quay) in 1995 (roughly)

Fabio Augusto's picture

Hi!

This is a custom typeface by TheFoundry Studio,
produced for Metropolitano de Portugal...

I thought this is based in other typeface
called Brunel...

http://www.uclan.ac.uk/facs/destech/design/cybergallery/brunel/gallery.htm

Ser

Gustavo Ferreira's picture

...thanks everybody for the help.

it's not dax, bliss or barmeno - i guess jean is
right, but there is no information about custom
fonts in the foundry's web-site...

jean: can you tell if this typeface has
variations (bold, italic etc.)...?

thanks again,
gustavo.

Gustavo Ferreira's picture

...thanks everybody for the help.

it's not dax, bliss or barmeno - i guess jean is
right, but there is no information about custom
fonts in the foundry's web-site...

jean: can you tell if this typeface has
variations (bold, italic etc.)...?

thanks again,
gustavo.

ricardo's picture

Hello again, sorry I was totally wrong in fact the real name is Metrolis and was design by Foundry - Freda Stack and David Quay. Metrolis have few weigths because this work was commission by Wolff Olins (Portgual-Lisbon) to a exclusive use so you will find only the regular, italic, bold and the respective signs. To clearify better the ideia Bliss was design by Jeremy Tankard and he devolopment a special version (PT-Bliss) to the Portuguese Telecom company. Funny every day I take the Lisbon Underground and this typeface is very familiar to me and probably you almost see me making my type correction in side of the train. ;) One more time sorry about the mistake. I just arrived at home and I only now check the information.

Um abra

Stephen Coles's picture

It's not FF Dax, but it could be based on it.

metrolisboa's picture

I know the exacly name of this font: Metrolis-Sinaletica
I just can't find it online.

You can confirm it on http://www.metrolisboa.pt/Portals/0/pdfs/mapasEstacoes/linhaVerde/mm_aid...

Try to copy a piece of text and paste it on Microsoft Word, and, even if you don't see the original font, you will see the name on the font box.

metrolisboa

turbilha0's picture

Metrolis-Sinaletica is just Signage Icons.
You find icons for Trains, Metro, Taxis, Parking, pass cards, etc. and for the Line Symbols.

There are actualy more than four symbols (in the original 1993 Metro expansion plan, they planned six lines, including Orange and Purple)


http://pwp.netcabo.pt/0659437901/ml.jpg

But at the moment there are just four different lines:
— Linha Azul (Blue Line) or Linha da Gaivota (Sea Gull line)
— Linha Amarela (Yellow Line) or Linha do Girassol (SunFlower Line)
— Linha Verde (Green Line) or Linha da Caravela (Caravelle line)
— Linha Vermelha (Red Line) or Linha do Oriente (Orient Line)


http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/1899/linhasmetrohh7.jpg

Let me tell you something: I´m looking for this font for almost 8 years...
Is a beautifully designed font, it's distinctive, simple, it reads well, and it´s a strong brand element of Metropolitano de Lisboa.
But some other companies got it as well, like a chain of Pizza restaurants, a brand of Cheese an a Condominium Management company.

AGL's picture

I actually did a job long ago with it. It was a map of the subway lines and some brochures. I thought it was made by portuguese hands. If you ever have a chance to visit lisbon, visit the "Picoas" (the Metro has there HQ just outside) and "Orient" stations :-)

AGL's picture

I actually did a job long ago with it. It was a map of the subway lines and some brochures. I thought it was made by portuguese hands. If you ever have a chance to visit lisbon, visit the "Picoas" (the Metro has there HQ just outside) and "Orient" stations :-)

turbilha0's picture

You also may find "Parque" station (blue Line) very interesting.
Is considered one of the 10 most beautiful metro/subway/underground stations in the world.

Arctic's picture

Hello!
First post! Never saw that 1993 piece of map, but interesting though!
Can you get the complete one?
So I see Turbilhão is in the same wave! haha! You've mail!

Best regards!

P.S.: Não me lembro se na primeira mensagem escrevi em Inglês ou Português :P

turbilha0's picture

The image that i've posted was found in the Internet, and was part of a document (case Study) in the Wolff Ollins website. Maybe was also part of the Graphic Guidelines of the Metropolitano de Lisboa brand (I desperately want that thing!!!!)

The information that I have about the 1993 expansion plan was passed to me by a former Metropolitano de Lisboa employee, and they are a little bit vague.

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