From grotesque to quirky: a history of Berlin told through U-Bahn typography

The quirky station signs at Berlin’s 81 listed subway stations are as easy to overlook on a first visit as they are hard to ignore once one has developed an eye for them. Each font spells out its own history of the city. If the U8’s avant-garde modernism seems a good fit for the graphic designers and fashionistas that now frequent the line on their way to trendy Neukölln, other station signs still hark back to the capital’s authoritarian past.

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