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Toronto Subway presentation at Sheridan College, October 8

From Tile to Type: Rescuing the Toronto subway fonts

Next week I’ll be giving an illustrated presentation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, as part of their Art and Art History program of visiting speakers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
12:30–1:30 pm

Sheridan College
Annie Smith Arts Centre Mezzanine
1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario

The title of my presentation is From Tile to Type: Rescuing the Toronto subway fonts. I’ll be talking about my decision to create the Toronto Subway fonts, as well as how I went about creating them.

Art and Art History announcement poster PDF


Toronto Subway web fonts and OpenType fonts released

Screen capture of sample of Toronto Subway Regular web font.

Toronto Subway Regular web font as viewed in Safari.

Web fonts for Toronto Subway are now available in the Quadrat font store.

The Quadrat web font licence allows purchasers to use the web fonts on any and all websites they own or maintain. The web font packages include instructions for installing the web fonts and sample settings using the web fonts.

As well, the Toronto Subway desktop fonts have been updated to OpenType, a format which allows the same font file to be used on Macintosh, Windows or Linux.

The web fonts and the OpenType fonts are free updates for all current licensees of Toronto Subway. If you have purchased a licence for Toronto Subway, email me with your name, the email address used when you purchased your licence, the date of your purchase and your invoice reference number. Please also let me know whether you are interested in the web fonts, the OpenType fonts or both. Please allow one or two business days for your request to be processed and the fonts to be sent to you via email.

These updates are open to everyone who has purchased a licence for Toronto Subway, either through the Quadrat font store or through


Dominion Modern’s Toronto Subway exhibit opens at George Brown College School of Design

Sparkling wine and a custom drinks tray at the opening of Dominion Modern's Toronto Subway exhibit.

Sparkling wine and a custom-made drinks tray at the exhibit opening on April 7, 2011. Photo: Dominion Modern

A modest, intimate launch was held on the evening of Thursday, April 7, 2011, to mark the opening of Dominion Modern’s exhibit on the creation of the Toronto Subway fonts, entitled “Toronto Subway: A Love Story.” The exhibit has been extended until July 16, at the George Brown College School of Design at 230 Richmond Street East in Toronto (the entrance is on the side lane). Hours are Monday–Friday, 9am–9pm; Saturday, 10am–5pm.

Dominion Modern exhibit on the Toronto Subway fonts

Dominion Modern's Toronto Subway exhibit at the George Brown College School of Design. Photo: Dominion Modern

Display boards from Dominion Modern's Toronto Subway exhibit.

Display boards from Dominion Modern’s exhibit on the Toronto Subway fonts. Photo: Dominion Modern

The exhibit includes samples of the rubbings and photographs I took of the subway lettering as part of my research, the actual Minolta film camera I used for the photos and a brief explanation of the process involved in developing the Toronto Subway fonts .

If you’re unable to visit the exhibit, you can visit Dominion Modern’s exhibition page. You might also want to check out the latest related video posted on Vimeo, from John Martins-Manteiga’s interview with me, where I talk about why I think modernist heritage and the Toronto subway lettering in particular are important.

Talking about creating the Xtra logo

On February 9, 2011, I spoke with John Martins-Manteiga, as part of Dominion Modern’s oral history project. Dominion Modern is “Canada’s foremost archive of 20th Century Canadian architecture and design” and works to increase awareness of Modernist design in Canada.

I spoke with John for about 3 hours about my career as a graphic designer, and specifically about Toronto Subway, my revival of the iconic Toronto subway lettering.

Part of that discussion included my reminiscing about my creation of the now-retired logo for Xtra magazine.

Xtra logo, circa 1985

Original logo for Xtra magazine

John has now posted that particular bit of our talk on Vimeo, as a teaser for the display about Toronto Subway that will go up early this spring at the George Brown College School of Design in Toronto.

Still to be posted: me yakking about how I reconstructed the Toronto Subway typeface. Stay tuned!