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    This project was realized for the FCE, transport company which operates the metro Catania. It includes: branding, designing a typeface appropriat… Read More
    This project was realized for the FCE, transport company which operates the metro Catania. It includes: branding, designing a typeface appropriate, a set of pictograms, and the entire signaling system. Read Less
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Visual identity Metro 
of Catania
The current design of the metro of Catania has not been designed by a Graphic designer. The system doesn't have a coherent graphic line and have been used many colors - black, yellow, blue, green and various shades of gray - and various fonts.
Logo

The first step was to design a new logo. I started a historical research of the logos of Italian and international subways. The Italian subways are identified with an "M", usually represented in white on red background. I designed a stylized M that reminds the rails, but also the front of locomotives that are tilted. For logo design I used a grid of 26x22 modules.

Logotype

There are two versions of logo, vertical and horizontal version. For horizontal version I used a rectangular grid of 67x22 square modules.

The vertical version between the M and the logotype, there is a ratio of 1: 1. In this case the logotype is spaced vertically of two modules. The grid used is 26x32 square modules. The logo can also be used not without logo.


Typography

For the visual identity of the Catania metro 
I designed a font that I called Aganè.



Pictograms

I designed a set of pictograms to be used 
in the underground identity system.


Signs composition

The signaling system is composed by a combination of square modules. I used modules square: 15x15, 30x30 and 35x35 cm. Some signs have, in the lower part, a fillet of 0.5/1 cm, placed at the end of signs, useful for creating a visual separation between the signs and the other elements positioned around. 

Each module has been divided with a grid of 12x12 modules square, which ease the positioning of the elements in its interior. The vertical signage is composed of two 35x35 cm square. The squares are divided with a grid 35x35 modules.

The vertical signage is composed of two 35x35 cm square. The squares are divided with a grid 35x35 modules.


Road signs

The road signs will be useful to indicate the entrances of the stations. I expected two types of road signs, the first consists of a cube, backlit, it is placed on top of a support. In the four faces of the cube I placed the logo in white version on a red background. The second consists in a backlit totem that contains more information on the route of the train.


Entrance signs

One of the first signs that you encounter, entering the subway, is located in the entrance of each station. This type of signage only mentions the name of the station.   It consists of 6 modules of 30x30 cm. Each module is divided by the modular grid 12x12. The distance between letters is determined by the subdivision of the letter W, the Agane Bold font, in 40 parts.


Signs check-in zone

This signage is divided into three parts. In the first part it is given the name of the last stop. In the second part we find the name of all the stops, those in gray are previous stops, while those in blue will be the next stop.
Signage platform waiting

The signs shown on this page will be placed along the waiting platform. In it it will be indicated the name of the station and the nearest streets. It will be repeated several times throughout the waiting platform.


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