The Sir Misha Black Medal and the Sir Misha Black Award are presented each year at an Awards Ceremony held at the Royal College of Art, London.
The 2016 Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education has been awarded to Margaret Calvert OBE RDI. She is recognised for her long and distinguished career in design education. She was head of Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art in London and taught there from 1987 to 2001. She is particulalry recognised for work with the late Jock Kinneir in creating the road signage system used throughout the United Kingdom and the inspiration for other countries. For the last 50 years this system has educated all road users, not only in the rules of the road but about the importance of visual clarity, consistent sizes and shapes, readable fonts and imagery.
Ms. Calvert was given the Medal at a Ceremony on Thursday November 17th, 2016 when she also delivered an address entitled “finding a way”.
This year there were two recipients of the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education: the Arts University Bournemouth for its innovative approach to design teaching, with particular recognition for the creation of TheGallery – the onsite Art Gallery which hosts international and touring exhibitions – and for the commissioning of the first purpose built drawing studio in the United Kingdom for over 100 years; and Professor Catherine McDermott of Kingston University for her innovative teaching and particularly for her pioneering work in establishing a University Degree Course in the Curating of 20th Century Design in collaboration with The Design Museum, London.
The 2016 Awards Ceremony was introduced by the Chairman of the Sir Misha Black Awards Committee, Mary Mullin.
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