The graphic designer who created the Tyne and Wear Metro's iconic yellow logo has visited the system for the first time since creating the renowned icon 40 years ago.
Margaret Calvert, created the eponymous, solid font named Calvert in 1980, which has become an iconic and instantly-recognisable symbol of Metro since it opened that very same year.
Now, 41 years on, Margaret has visited the transportation network for the first time, while in the area picking up an honorary degree from the University of Sunderland.
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Nexus, who own and manage the Tyne and Wear Metro Service, were honoured to welcome Mrs Calvert back to the region.
Her iconic font will also feature across the new Â£362m train fleet being designed and created to run across the system for the next three decades.
Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: â€œIt was an incredible honour for us to welcome Margaret Calvert, the woman who has got more to do with the look and feel of the Tyne and Wear Metro than perhaps anybody else.
â€œThe visual identity Margaret created through her distinctive font design is truly iconic - it is as timeless as that of the London Underground and embodies the unique pride our region has for Metro as it celebrates its 40 th anniversary.
â€œWhen Metro was built local politicians and planners wanted it to have a whole new feel to set it apart as a modern urban transit system like nothing seen before in Britain.
"Margaret Calvertâ€™s work on the visual identity helped achieve that.
â€œThe Calvert font has a sturdy character to it which reflects the character of North East England - I think thatâ€™s why it has more than stood the test of time to help make Metro part of everyday life.
â€œMargaret was in the region to receive an honorary degree from Sunderland University.
"This is the least that she deserves for the work she did right back at the start of Metro, which we are celebrating as we celebrate our 40 th anniversary.
â€œShe created an icon.
"An icon for Metro, and an icon for North East England - we owe her a great deal of thanks.â€
The Calvert font created by Margaret appears on the large yellow 'M' cube logo sported by Metro, featuring across stations in the North East and graphics on underground platforms.
Her career spans over six decades in total, and Margaret has helped shape the nation's visual identity through her typefaces and graphic products.
Her work with Jock Kinneir has defined roads, rail stations, and airports across the United Kingdom.
Her work with Kubel has also changed the face of the Gov.uk website over the years.
Calvertâ€™s work, including her designs for the Tyne and Wear Metro, were celebrated in an exhibition at Londonâ€™s Design Museum last year.
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