Thursday, 5 July 2018

Unfathomable!


Road signs in the UK are a design classic, the work of graphic designers Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert.  They've been around over fifty years but still look crisp and modern.  Apparently the one warning of the presence of farm animals was inspired by a cow called Primrose.  And the bossy little girl leading a boy on the school sign was considered daring in the '60s.  Sexual equality hadn't quite made its mark so the male of the species should have been the one in front.

This one has always puzzled me.  Its meaning makes perfect sense, warning of potentially treacherous road surfaces.    There's a lot of these posted around the winding muddy Devon lanes.  But how could you ever get a normal car to make tyre tracks like that?

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  1. I once read somewhere that it was impossible to make those tyre tracks, but at least it shows clearly that the road surface is problematical.
    The sign I don't like is the one showing Old People. If they were so decrepit I think they'd be in care and not let out, ha ha! I'm old, husband older, and yet we don't look like the Old People on road signs … or do we? I'd like them to be shown with their arms raised and punching the air (or doing it with their sticks!) Or shown dancing the tango, anything but looking 'elderly' and hunched over and timid.
    Margaret P

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  2. My grandad said the men at work one looked like a man struggling to put up his umbrella. But these brilliant graphics have certainly stood the test of time.

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  3. And the bumpy road is two fried eggs! xx

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  4. Oh, and Road Narrows is a tuning fork!
    Margaret P

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    1. Great! Never came across that one! xx

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