Subway – a designer train story

Amongst the numerous things I brought back from my trip to New York last year were some subway souvenirs. So iconic is the New York subway’s system of naming train lines (instantly recognisable by a single letter and a coloured spot), that there is a store devoted to subway memorabilia at Grand Central Station.

Graphic designer and illustrator, Christoph Niemann, has used the subway letters, lines and spots as inspiration for his children’s book, Subway.

Niemann was born in Germany and moved to New York in the nineties. Since that time, his work has taken on a distinctly ‘Big Apple’ flavour and includes a number of children’s books ranging from Subway and New York icons depicted with Lego in I Lego New York to the brilliantly imaginative That’s How (a must-have for kids who see things differently!).

Christoph Niemann’s books are available through Book Depository, which ships to Australia free of charge.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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