Making the most of a chevron

June 17, 2020 1:15 pm


One of the most striking design classics is that of the chevron. This simple arrow shape is perfect for a variety of uses. It has been in use since the age of Knights and chivalry but it actually dates back even further than that. The first time the inverted or upward V is seen is as a feature on pottery in the ancient city of Knossos the capital of the Minoan society on the island of Crete. It was also used by the Spartans. They were mostly used in Europe by the Normans, it is the symbol of Newport in Wales and most famously the 2 inverted chevrons make up the shield of Baron John FitzRobert, a signatory of the Magna Carta.

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The chevron is also used to denote the ranks of officers in the British army. If you get “a stripe” then you are on your way to the higher ranks. The first one indicates that you have reached the rank of Lance Corporal.

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In our modern world the chevron is used to illustrate when a tight bend is coming on the road or road markings.There are fluorescent ones that appear on the back of vehicles. These are red and yellow vertical chevrons that are used to identify the backs of Vans that are parked on highways. These could be highway maintenance vehicles or those undertaking Drain Lining work such as Either way these vehicles need to be highly visible to other drivers and pedestrians. This versatile design is proving its worth thousands of years after its introduction.