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Heathrow Airport Signage (2009)

Photo(s) by Stephen ColesImported from Flickr on Jan 9, 2012.
    Source: Uploaded to Flickr by Stephen Coles and tagged with “baabembo” and “baasign”. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Heathrow is another victim of the homogenization of the world’s airports, its regional identity robbed by replacing a perfectly functional, custom British serif with ubiquitous Frutiger. I’ve watched the change take place over the last 3 years (2006–09) and the cleansing is now nearly complete. Shed another tear for typographic diversity. If anyone knows who made the dearly departed typeface, please let me know. I’d like to do a piece on Typographica.




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    4 Comments on “Heathrow Airport Signage (2009)”

    1. Fernando Mello says:
      Mar 17th, 2016  3:30 pm

      I think the old font was designed by Shelley Winter and Freda Sack.

    2. Mar 18th, 2016  10:58 pm

      Thanks, Fernando. Indra mentioned as much in the Flickr discussion.

    3. Eric Ebacher says:
      Apr 2nd, 2017  6:20 pm

      Does anyone know what the font in the top photo is called?

    4. Apr 3rd, 2017  7:05 am

      Eric, the typeface is called BAA Bembo and was designed specifically for Heathrow.

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