Winter 2017

In praise of infrastructure: BR’s corporate identity manual is resurrected

British Rail Corporate Identity Manual, £75


The British Rail Corporate Identity Manual was a labour of love for Wallace Henning, a young designer currently working at branding agency Koto in London. Henning tracked down a copy of every page of the original ring-bound manual, plus several additional pages published later – some of which he tracked down at the last minute via social media. All the pages were photographed at high resolution to make a same-size, casebound facsimile, printed by Cassochrome in Belgium.


Cover of British Rail Corporate Identity Manual, 2016.
Top: One of five gatefold pages included in the re-published British Rail Corporate Identity Manual.


Andrew Robertson, writer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 93 vol. 24, 2017


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