Designology

20 May 2016 — 31 Mar 2017 at London Transport Museum in London, United Kingdom

17 DECEMBER 2015
Routemaster then, 1961
Routemaster then, 1961

Discover the art and aesthetics behind the functional and familiar at London Transport Museum’s new exhibition designology which opens on Friday 20 May 2016.

The exhibition explores how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the last century, as well as looking at how our travel experiences might develop in the future. From the visual to the virtual and from Victorian engineering genius to modernist masterpieces, designology uncovers the fascinating designs and processes behind London’s moving metropolis.

Publicity and communication, architecture, technology, engineering, service operation and the urban environment are explored, demonstrating how every aspect of the Capital’s transport system and the passenger journey have been thoughtfully designed since the early years of the 20th century.

Highlights of the exhibition include posters from the golden age of travel, historic maps, tickets and signage, and a pop up Design Studio where visitors will be able to find out more about contemporary design innovation. As visitors make their way through the exhibition they will begin to recognise the underlying design that surrounds them - design hidden by its familiarity in everyday life.

Visitors to designology can also enjoy London by Design, the Museum’s new permanent gallery which celebrates key moments and important milestones in London’s transport design heritage and shows how British art and design have become deeply and inextricably bound with London’s transport network.

Designology opens at London Transport Museum on 20 May 2016. Tickets on the door are priced at £17.00 for adults and £14.50 for concessions and includes admission to the Museum. Tickets also allow unlimited daytime entry to all Museum galleries and temporary exhibitions for a whole year. Advance tickets can be booked the website and are £16.00 for adults and £13.50 for concessions.

Designology is part of London Transport Museum and Transport for London’s Transported by Design season which is supported by Exterion Media. The 18 month programme of events and exhibitions will explore good design on the transport network and its role in the lives of the millions of customers who use it each day.