Designers pay homage to Calvert and Kinneir road signs

A new exhibition at the Design Museum will see designers including Morag Myerscough, Sir Kenneth Grange and Jonathan Barnbrook create their own tribute signs.

By Graphic Thought Facility
By Graphic Thought Facility

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir-designed road signage system still in use in Britain today, designers are paying homage with their own signs at a new Design Museum exhibition.

Made North is curating the exhibition, which will see scores of designers including Andy Altmann, Ian Anderson, Jonathan Barnbrook, Tony Brook, Ilse Crawford, Morg Myerscough and Sir Kenneth Grange come together to make one off signs. Even Calvert herself has contributed one.

In 1965 Calvert and Kinneir were commissioned to standardise signage across the road network with a new system in an ambitious information design project, which saw the birth of two new typefaces Transport and Motorway.

Made North has asked designers to reinterpret the famous circle, triangle and square signs which were introduced 50 years ago.

More than 40 of the signs will be on display in the Design Museum’s Tank and Riverside Hall from 19 September – 25 October where you can also see examples of Calvert and Kinneir’s original signs.

Alan Dye - NB Studio
Alan Dye – NB Studio
Aubery Powell, Roadworks 2
Aubery Powell, Roadworks 2
Betty Jackson
Betty Jackson
Fuel
Fuel
Henrik Kubel
Henrik Kubel
Jonathan Barnbrook
Jonathan Barnbrook
Mark Bonner
Mark Bonner
Mike Dempsey
Mike Dempsey
Quentin Newark
Quentin Newark
Sara de Bondt
Sara de Bondt
Tony Brook
Tony Brook
Vaughan Oliver
Vaughan Oliver

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