British Road Sign Project

May 30th, 2015  |  Published in Exhibition, News, Projects, Showcase

British Road Sign Project

Wednesday 17th June – Saturday 1st August

In 1965 one of the most ambitious and effective information design projects was launched in Britain. The British Road Sign appeared on our streets for the very first time 50 years ago and has occupied an important role in our lives ever since, from instructing us where to go and a safe speed to travel at, to making us aware of any hazards or road works. The signs designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert standardised the road network, creating many of the signs we see today and produced two new typefaces: Transport and Motorway. The signage system was launched in 1965 and to celebrate its 50th anniversary we are planning a series of events that connect the north and south of England in 2015.


To mark this 50th anniversary we are inviting leading British artists and designers to transform the familiar circle, triangle and square signs. Invited collaborators can create their own content for the signs developing concepts that evolve from current signs function of instructing people of speed limits and directions to poetically disrupting our everyday with designs that makes us stop, look and think about design and our environment in a slightly different way; less instructions and more pauses for thought.

We wanted the project to link the North and South of England and so we plan to install a selection of the collaborative signs at MADE NORTH Gallery and in the city during Sheffield Design Week. We will then install a larger collection of the signs at London Design Festival, where they will be displayed at key venues and locations across London.

To celebrate this project we have created a website
Please visit this site to learn more about the project.

50th Anniversary Prints

We have also worked with Margaret Calvert in the selection and production of five limited edition prints to mark this special anniversary.

Signed by Margaret Calvert
Medium: 2 Colour Silkscreen Print on Somerset 410gsm Paper
Year: 2016
Edition: 50
Size: A0 (841 x 1189 mm)


Children Print


Wild Animals Print


Cattle Print


Horses & Ponies Print


Roadworks print

Prints can be purchased from



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