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And STILL Margaret Calvert is alive

I have just done my periodic Wikipedia check. Margaret Calvert is still alive.


I have treated you to my Margaret Calvert rant before. She’s the South African graphic designer who came to England in the Fifties and fucked up all the road signs.

I don’t know if she invented the ugly, glommy ‘International Symbol Man’ style, but she was an early adopter, at least. Hit the link for my least favorite ever Margaret Calvert design, the physics-busting Slippery Road sign.

I remembered to do my periodic check as this image turned up in a story I was reading. Just look at this shit! It’s the Men Working sign. Also known as “Man with Recalcitrant Umbrella.”

No, that’s not original. I’m not the only one who thinks she sucks.


Comment from Mitch
Time: March 3, 2022, 9:27 pm

*Generates two minutes of hate for the despicable Margaret Calvert*

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 3, 2022, 11:08 pm

Can’t be a man at work, he’s not dressed as an indian.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 4, 2022, 12:18 am

Even that truly sucky style, in the hands of a whimsical person with a sense of humor, can be wrestled into being amusing. Such as here.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 4, 2022, 12:32 am

…and here.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 4, 2022, 4:36 pm

I once had to do a series of 3D animations starring International Sign blobman for work. It was fun. I had to make him do things like steal an unattended laptop computer.

I loved doing 3D animations but whooeeee it’s a lot of work.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: March 7, 2022, 3:15 am

Hey, can we get a blob sign for:

“Where in the World is Dr. Tony Fauci?”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 7, 2022, 7:12 pm

Nah. Wherever he is, he can stay there!

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