If someone mentioned the name Margaret Calvert to you, I bet the majority will never have heard of her, even though she is the brains behind something we see every single day on the roads. In 1965 Ms Calvert with the help of Jock Kinneir helped to produce the set of road signs we see today and now she has received an OBE on the Queen’s birthday honours list for services for road safety and typography.
Ms Calvert was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1950, where she studied illustration at Chelsea School of Art. She began working with Jock Kinneir on signs for Gatwick Airport and the M6 motorway, before having their designs rolled out all over the UK’s road network. On top of the signs, they created 2 new typefaces, Transport and Motorway; both of which are used on road signs all over the country. Speaking to Top Gear’s James May, Calvert explained that the Transport typeface uses mainly lower case characters because the eye recognizes the shape of letters and can read the word a lot quicker. Ms Calvert further explained that the parent and child road sign is actually a drawing of her.
Hopefully, this post will make everyone more aware of the work that Margaret Calvert produced, and now she will be recognized for her services.
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Source – Yahoo – OBE for Margaret Calvert – 17/06/2016