Paul Shaw, who’s known for his inspiring type tours of vintage signs and inscriptions around New York City and is a Print contributing editor and columnist, has published (under his Blue Pencil Press imprint) an unprecedented analysis and chronicle titled Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story.
From the stunning binding to the detailed historical account to the rich footnotes (almost as long as the text), this is a tour de force of design scholarship and cultural criticism–a good read that has startling visuals too. See some sample spreads here.
This limited edition of 500 copies (with 400 for sale) is available here. If you are interested, I wouldn’t delay–many have already left the station. As often happens on the crowded Lexington Avenue Line, you don’t want to be left behind on this platform.