New Oyster card holders celebrate the Year of the Bus

Transport for London and designjunction have once again teamed up with Outline Artists to launch a limited edition set of Oyster card holders designed by illustrators and graphic artists.

Transport for London and designjunction have again teamed up with Outline Artists to launch a limited edition set of Oyster card holders designed by illustrators and graphic artists.

While last year’s designs (read our blog post on them here) celebrated the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, this year’s mark the Year of the Bus.

The series includes work by Crispin Finn, Edward Carvalho-Monaghan, Noma Bar, Malika Favre, Kate Moross, Mina Lima, Studio Emmi, Jean Jullien, Rod Hunt and Kristjana Williams.

Monaghan’s (top) features a series of characters, each representing a London attraction, in a colour of the bus line which travels to it. The sphinx, for example, represents the British Museum, while the astronaut represents the Science Museum.

Crispin Finn’s typographic design references the noise of a conductor pulling the cord on a Routemaster:

Studio Emmi’s is inspired by vintage bus blinds:

And Hunt says he was inspired by central London route maps, which almost appeared to spell out the word ‘bus’.

Bar’s is dedicated to “the horizontal commuters of the night bus … who can lie down after a long day’s work or a long night out”:

Mina Lima’s also pays homage to the Routemaster:

And Favre’s depicts the views on a bus journey across the Thames (the design will also be available as a print):


Holders are available to pre-order at and cost £6.99 each or £60 for the full set. They will also be on sale at Outline Editions’ stand at designjunction from September 18-21, where TfL and the East London Liquor Company will be hosting a bus-themed pop-up restaurant.


Jean Jullien

Kate Moross

Kristjana Williams

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