Skip to content

Canadian Urbanism Uncovered

Spacing’s Transit Poster Contest


Read more articles by

WHAT: Spacing’s Transit Poster Contest
WHEN: Deadline is extended to Friday, January 31st, 2014
COST: Free!
FACEBOOK: RSVP to our event to get deadline reminders

Spacing’s staff have often listened to readers complain about the current quality of the TTC’s promotional material. But during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, the TTC produced attractive and unique promotional posters (we sell four of them in our e-store) and etiquette reminders. Cities such as London have a long history of producing visually compelling posters (there are numerous books available showcasing these vintage posters).

We challenge illustrators and graphic designers to create their own original poster (or a series of posters) that promotes the TTC. The topic of the poster can be anything you desire. Here is a list of topic ideas:

  • promoting a station;
  • promoting a specific subway line, streetcar route, or bus route;
  • promoting retail available at a certain station or along a route;
  • promoting a cultural landmark or location;
  • encouraging certain etiquette or behavior;
  • promoting new transit technology;
  • promoting mix-modal usage;
  • it can even be advocacy for a new line to be built, such as the Downtown Relief Line
  • You get the picture…

The goal for Spacing is show off stylish and sophisticated posters. It can be in any style you wish. Take inspiration from the TTC’s subway map, the shape of the streetcars, the design of subway platforms, the form of the TTC logo/shield…. Just be creative! At the bottom of this page we have provided you with some vintage TTC and London Underground examples to inspire you.

Posters selected as winning entries will appear in the spring 2014 issue of Spacing. Winners will also receive a gift bag of prizes.  More details on specific prizes will be shared in 2014.

HOW TO ENTER: You must register to enter. Send us an email and we will provide you with uploading details (submissions can begin in January 2014). EMAIL:

FOR MORE DETAILS (judging, submission details, size, etc) visit our contest page.