'Alongside my collection of Letraset catalogues and the signed copy of Wilm Crouwel's Mode en Module, it's a prized part of my design library. The BR Manual is not only a thing of great beauty in itself; it is also one of those rare things of beauty: an idea that is defined by rigour & incredible vision.'
In reference to his original British Rail Corporate Identity Manual, excerpt taken from Michael C Place's Foreward.
'You can't do the Manual until you've implemented it - you don't know what problems you're going to hit. The Manual was there for continuity rather than inspiration... Everything was squared up on grids, so you could draw it and the angles were given, but of course now that doesn't happen at all because of computers.'
Excerpt taken from John L Walters' interview with Gerry Barney.