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Margaret’s typeface revived


I saw this post from Aisle One about the New Rail alphabet designed by Henrik Kubel in close collaboration with Margaret Calvert. The typeface is based on Transport which was designed by Ms. Calvert of Kinneir Calvert Associates in the early 60s. Kinneir Calvert was commissioned to make a usable communication system for the impending enormous expansion of the British road system. Transport was based on Akzidenz Grotesk and was used in British hospitals, highways, rail stations and airports. Calvert also illustrated pictograms for the British transportation system.

New Rail is a respectful and full interpretation of Calvert’s typeface. It has six weights and includes numerals. Now Kubel has to include her funky pictograms and his project will be complete.

To read more about Kinneir and Calvert, check out this post written by the Design Museum.

One Comment

  1. Cassandra wrote:

    so nice to look at. i love that they show the original dye line layered with the revisions.

    Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

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