Road signs celebrate their 50th anniversary
50 years ago, 21-year-old designer and typographer Margaret Calvert created the most recognisible feature of the British road system: our signs.
That red triangle with the children crossing the road? Margaret's. Those big, bold, bossy speed limit signs? Margaret's.
You might not feel that the British road signage really deserves a celebration - you drive past it every day, often cursing its existance. But it's not easy to create a bunch of pictograms that can be understood by every single person on the road - and Maragaret did just that, half a century before the rise of emojis.
My favourite road sign
Yes, I have a favourite - don't you? My favourite road sign is the farm animals one. It features a lovely cow, but that's not why I like it so much.
Margaret based her farm animals sign on a cow she knew when she was growing up. And its name was Patience.
A delightful reminder for us to wait calmly when animals are crossing. 🙂
Don't miss the exhibit
Oh yes, there's a special exhibition of Margaret's road signs (just in case the ones you see every day aren't enough) at the Design Museum in London.
It's free (!) and it's actually slightly more interesting than it sounds. As well as a selection of Maragaret's finest, a variety of artists are showing their interpretations of our road signs. Should be pretty weird.
Find out more about 50 Years of British Road Signs.