For the second year running, Transport For London (TfL) asked us to work with them and designjunction to curate a series of ten limited edition Oyster Card holders featuring original artwork by some of the UK’s most exciting image makers.
This year we were charged with commissioning brand new designs to mark the Year of the Bus – a celebration by TfL, London Transport Museum and London bus operators of the role that London buses and all the staff who support them play in keeping the capital moving. The YotB celebrations also tie in with the 60th anniversary of the original, iconic Routemaster; 75 years since the launch of its predecessor, the RT-type bus; and 100 years since dozens upon dozens of London buses were sent to the Western Front in Europe to play a vital role during the First World War.
Artists we commissioned to design Oyster Card wallets for the project include our own Edward Carvalho-Monaghan and Kristjana S Williams as well as eight artists we don't represent but greatly admire: Noma Bar, studio MinaLima, Jean Jullien, Malika Favre, Kate Moross, Rod Hunt, Studio Emmi and Crispin Finn.
All the wallets will feature a London bus map on the inside and will be available from 1st September through the TfL online shop at tfl.gov.uk/shop and throughout designjunction from the 17th - 21st September at Outline Editions’ stand G14. Single Oyster card holders will be priced at £6.99, with a full set of all 10 designs available at £60.
Several of the artists, including Noma Bar, Malika Favre, Kristjana S Williams, Crispin Finn and Kate Moross, have created limited edition prints inspired by the bus theme which will also be available to buy at the Outline Editions stand at designjunction and also online here.