Margaret Calvert and Johanna Basford among those recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Designers including Margaret Calvert, Johanna Basford and Lady Frances Sorrell have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. We’ve rounded up the full list of recipients selected for their services to the design industry.

Dr Tessa Hartmann, CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)

Tessa Hartmann is the founder of the annual Scottish Fashion Awards, as well as creative fashion marketing and branding consultancy Hartmann House. She has has been made a CBE for services to the Scottish fashion and textile industries.

Margaret Vivienne Calvert, OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)


British graphic designer and typographer Margaret Calvert has been made an OBE for services to typography, graphic design and road safety. She is most well known for her work with Jock Kinneir in the 1950s and 1960s when they designed the road signage system that is still used. She is also responsible for the Rail Alphabet typeface used on the British railway system.

Johanna Basford, OBE


Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford is noted for her hand-drawn black and white illustrations and adult colouring books. She also does a lot of work with brands including Channel 4 and the Tate Modern. Basford has been awarded an OBE for services to art and entrepreneurship.

Lady Frances Sorrell, OBE

Frances and John Sorrell
Lady Frances and Sir John Sorrell

As co-founder and co-chair of the Sorrell Foundation with her husband Sir John Sorrell, Lady Sorrell has been inspiring creativity in young people since 1999. The foundation runs a number of activities, the most famous being the National Art & Design Saturday Club, which teaches more than 1,000 children’s activities including architecture, millinery and silversmithing. She has received an OBE for services to art and design education.

Diana Yakeley, OBE

Diana Yakeley, interior design partner at architectural practice Yakely Associates, received an OBE for services to the UK interior design profession. Some of her most notable work includes designing the interiors of the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House for the 2012 Olympics. She is also a past president of the British Institute of Interior Design.

Mohammed Ali, MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)

Otherwise known as Aerosol Arabic, street artist Mohammed Ali’s work includes live performances, installations and Arabic-influenced graffiti. He has been awarded an MBE for services to art and aerosol Arabic community cohesion.

Neil Thomas, MBE

The structural engineer and founder of engineering company Atelier One has been made an MBE for services to architecture, design and engineering. He has worked on the opening ceremonies for both the London Olympics in 2012 and the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, as well as stage sets for the likes of U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Jacqueline Ann Harvey, Medallist of the Order of the British Empire

Jacqueline Harvey has been honoured for services to hand quilting, design and the quilting industry. She has designed several “block of the month” projects for the Quilters Guild and written widely for both UK and Australian quilting and embroidery magazines.

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