The word Metro is synonymous public transport, particularly underground systems and the letter M has become an instantly recognisable symbol used to identify those systems. A post from CityLab a few months ago highlights 77 different examples of how cities have designed the letter M. The post looks why cities might put so much effort in to design and they’ve even gone and put them into the following categories:
- Sticking to the Basics
- Slight Tweaks
- Lowercase or Rounded Letters
How many are you able to guess or work out – the answers are in the post after the break. The logos were originally collated here which also includes other non-metro named systems.
Row 1: Baltimore, Paris, Baku, Genoa, Helsinki, Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine), Los Angeles, Miami, Kharkov (Ukraine), Dneprovsk (Ukraine), Newcastle.
Row 2: Lyon (France), Valencia (Spain), Amsterdam, Barcelona, Almaty (Kazakhstan), Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Rouen (France), St. Louis, Saint Petersburg, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Row 3: Washington, D.C., Yekaterinsburg (Russia), Malaga (Spain), Tblisi (Georgia), Prague, Seville, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Toulouse, Wuhan (China), Chiba (Japan), Algiers.
Row 4: Cairo, Bucharest, Brasilia, Athens, Istanbul, Budapest, Rennes (France), Copenhagen, Tokyo, Brussels, Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
Row 5: Novosibirsk (Russia), Monterrey, Mexico City, Medellin, Maracaibo (Venezuela), Manila, Lisbon, Lille, Kiev, Valparaiso (Chile), Recife (Brazil).
Row 6: Perugia (Italy), Xian (China), Ankara (Turkey), Naha (Japan), Kazan (Russia), Brescia (Italy), Samara (Russia), Nanjing, Lausanne (Switzerland), Hangzhou, Marseille.
Row 7: Fortaleza (Brazil), Catania (Italy), Warsaw, Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), Shanghai, Porto, Minsk (Belarus), Daejeon (South Korea), Moscow, Valencia (Venezuela), Liverpool.