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Lifetime Achievement Medal: Margaret Calvert OBE

British typographer and graphic designer Margaret Calvert OBE was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Medal. The Lifetime Achievement Medal honours an individual who has made significant and fundamental contributions to the design industry over their career.

Margaret Calvert OBE is a British typographer and graphic designer who along with colleague Jock Kinneir, designed many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Transport font used on road signs, the Rail Alphabet font used on the British railway system, and an early version of the signs used in airports.

Born in South Africa, Calvert moved to England in 1950, where she studied at St Paul's Girls' School and at the Chelsea College of Art. Calvert's first job - by invitation of her then tutor, Kinneir - was to assist on the signage of Gatwick Airport, a collaboration that would eventually lead to the design partnership Kinneir Calvert Tunhill. Calvert went on to take a leading role in one of the biggest and most well recognised public design projects in the UK: the road signing system that remains in place to this day. She also created lettering and signing systems for NHS hospitals, British Rail and the British Airports Authority. More recently, she was heavily involved in the design of the government's new website,, and has worked on the design of lettering and pictograms for the Moscow Metro.

In addition to her road signs, she has designed commercial fonts for Monotype, including the eponymous Calvert font, a slab serif design which she created in 1980 for use on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. She was awarded an honorary degree by the University of the Arts London in 2004.

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