RATP metro signs and identity
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While looking for images of RATP signage we came across communication and signs using different versions of Parisine, like the sign above using Parisine Plus, photographed by Pery Tak. While the sign may not be using the correct Parisine family, the type collection and its use in RATP signs and communications grew organically over time.
In an exchange with Jean François Porchez, the designer of Parisine, he explained how the Parisine collection grew based on needs since its first release:
“The idea for Parisine appeared in summer 1995 and started to be implemented in 1996. In the following years, ads used Parisine as a homage to the signage and its use in the Paris métro. Maps and diagrams started to be set in Parisine too. Each time from the first day back in mid 1995, it was a decentralized decision based on needs and usages.
A few years later, the RATP wanted to revise their identity and communication guidelines. So, they decided to remove Gill Sans and replace everything with Parisine. But Gill Sans features a very small x-height, so switching wasn’t so easy in many situations. This is how Parisine Office was designed, to keep similar widths as in Gill Sans.”