CR November: the travel and transport issue

Our November issue looks at the creative ideas and individuals who are influencing the worlds of travel and transport

Our feature on Craig Ward's Subvisual Subway project
Our feature on Craig Ward’s Subvisual Subway project

Regular readers will remember the 2010 Annual cover which Craig Ward created for us from pollen cells grown in an immunology lab. This month, we’re featuring another of his attempts to create typography in a petri dish. In Subvisual Subway  Ward has ben growing the letters of each New York City Subway line out of bacteria he has collected from the trains that run on them.

The HS2 high-speed rail line could offer enormous opportunities for designers. A shortly-to-be appointed independent design panel will help guide and critique the work created for the project. Its chair, Sadie Morgan, sets out the role for design in HS2.

To promote its luxury hotels as honeymoon destinations, Marriott set up a ‘teleporter’ outside New York’s City Hall and invited a number of newly wed couples to take a virtual reality trip to Hawaii or London
To promote its luxury hotels as honeymoon destinations, Marriott set up a ‘teleporter’ outside New York’s City Hall and invited a number of newly wed couples to take a virtual reality trip to Hawaii or London

Can virtual reality replace the real experiences found in travel? Stinkdigital’s Mark Pytlik gives his view

In CR November we explore the future of the car. Image by Sarah Illenberger for Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with Tammo Prinz for Antoni/Berlin, shot by Tobias C Hutzlerand
In CR November we explore the future of the car. Image by Sarah Illenberger for Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with Tammo Prinz for Antoni/Berlin, shot by Tobias C Hutzlerand

The cars we drive (and those that will one day drive us) are on the brink of unprecedented change. But does the future belong to the traditional manufacturers or to the disruptors of Silicon Valley? Jonathan Bell explores the future of the car

Auto Focus: car photography then and now by Paul Harpin
Auto Focus: car photography then and now by Paul Harpin

Car photography is a world – and culture – of its own. Paul Harpin, who designed the first TopGear magazine and was creative director at Haymarket for many years, compares some of his early encounters with Porkers, Bimmers and a young Jeremy Clarkson with the
techniques used today by the best in the business

TfL-licenced Nike trainers featuring a pattern inspired by Misha Black’s textile designs for the tube
TfL-licenced Nike trainers featuring a pattern inspired by Misha Black’s textile designs for the tube

Beyond the obvious souvenirs, Transport for London’s licensing department has a history of supporting unusual, eclectic design projects and brand collaborations. Eliza Williams interviews TfL’s brand development manager Saskia Boersma

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At the first sign of delay or disruption, disgruntled commuters turn to Twitter to vent their fury. Mark Sinclair spends a day with GWR’s social team to see how they cope with complaints, questions and some very strange requests while we also look at the thinking behind the company’s new identity, which was unveiled last month

Photograph by Rich Stapleton, Cereal Magazine, as featured on the cover of CR's November issue
Photograph by Rich Stapleton, Cereal Magazine, as featured on the cover of CR’s November issue

As we experience the world through an ever-increasing sea of images, how are current trends in travel photography evolving? Antonia Wilson consults four experts

Rachael Steven interviews Tyler Brûlé
Rachael Steven interviews Tyler Brûlé

Monocle and Winkreative founder Tyler Brûlé shares his thoughts with Rachael Steven on the world of travel, from what makes a good airline, to the problem with the UK’s railway stations and why it might be time to revive the road trip

Lance Wyman's landmark wayfaring project for the Mexico City Metro
Lance Wyman’s landmark wayfaring project for the Mexico City Metro

In an exclusive extract from a new book by Unit Editions we examine the significance of Lance Wyman’s Mexico City Metro wayfaring project

Our Crit section this month features the hugely successful illustrator Johanna Basford
Our Crit section this month features the hugely successful illustrator Johanna Basford

Adept use of social media, timeliness, talent and hard work are all behind Johanna Basford’s record-breaking  book sales. In Crit this month we take a look at the secrets of her success

Recent cover of the Guardian
Recent cover of the Guardian

And, as its Berliner format turns ten, the Guardian creative team look back at a decade of change with Eliza Williams

Illustration: Tom Redfern, tomredfern.net
Illustration: Tom Redfern, tomredfern.net

Plus, our regular columnist Daniel Benneworth-Gray on designing his own typeface and the joy of getting your hands dirty

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New type: Accept & Proceed, Jon Daniel, The Plant, Anton Ioukhnovets & more

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