Metro was originally designed as a specific typeface for use on the London Underground.
In 1913, Johnston was commissioned to design a durable lettering that could be used for station signage on the newly constructed lines of the Underground. The result is known as the Johnston typeface and it has been used continuously throughout all of London’s underground lines since 1916, and on many road signs in Britain.
Johnston’s original design had only lower-case characters (he had not anticipated mixing upper and lower case), so Eric Gill added four extra capitals to make an alphabet (in an understated sans-serif style) which was co-published with Johnston in 1917 as “Standard Alphabet”. This
The Metro style is a typographic and grid-based design style developed by the German design company, Bertelsmann.
The layout is characterized by its use of sans serif fonts and clear page layouts.
It is easy to customize and has been used for print and web purposes.
Bertelsmann’s corporate identity is said to have been inspired by its postwar yellow pencil logo, created in the 1950s based on a 1949 prototype.
Metro is a metro system in Paris, France. It includes 16 lines, with 270 stations in total.
The Paris Metro has been operating since 1900.