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 Saturday, August 01, 2015

TfL's long-awaited follow-up to the Year of the Bus isn't alas the Year of the Dangleway, it's Transported By Design. This 18 month programme of events, exhibitions and competitions, which has just launched, is intended to showcase TfL's pioneering design prowess - an area in which the organisation has almost peerless expertise. Amongst the highlights are exhibitions at the London Transport Museum and Depot, a celebration of the centenary of the Johnston typeface in January and (get this) a 'design festival' on Regent Street one weekend next summer.

First up is a Design Icons competition, in which 100 of TfL's finest designs will compete in a public vote to see which is the best. There's some mighty tough competition, with the roundel up against the Routemaster, and the original tube map up against the archetypal bus stop flag. But there are also some brilliantly offbeat choices, like the air vent grilles at Manor House, the 'Push Once' bus bell and the Baby on Board! badge, as well as some proper classics like Stockwell bus garage, Arnos Grove station and the East Finchley archer. The full selection can be found on a Tumblr page, transportedbydesign.tumblr.com, itself beautifully compiled. And then you can vote here, presumably just the once, any time between now and October when London's favourite icons will be announced. No other city on earth comes close.

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