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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 is most renowned for her work with Jock Kinneir on the design of the UK’s road signing system (including the design of the lettering ‘Transport’) which came into effect on the 1st of January 1965 and still remains in place today, despite minor modifications...

Much of her early work is in the public domain, in collaboration with Kinneir, for clients including British Rail, The British Airports Authority and Newcastle’s Tyne and Weir Metro, opened in 1980, where she used her own lettering — since digitised by Monotype and marketed under the name ‘Calvert’. Now used, together with the typeface ‘Calvert Brody’, for the identity of the Royal College of Art and the Craft Council.

She was elected a  Royal Designer for Industry in 2011 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art in 2016, as well as an OBE for ‘Services to Typography and Road Safety’, and the Sir Misha Black Medal for’Distinguished Services to Design Education’. She has also received an Honorary Degree from the University of Brighton and Honorary Fellowships from both the University of the Arts London and, most recently, Arts University Bournemouth.