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Pascall + Watson among five firms shortlisted for stage two of Network Rail’s station design competition

Following on from the Design Council and Network Rail’s ThinkStation workshops held in late 2019 into early 2020, a three-stage competition was launched in the summer. Architects, designers and engineers were invited to: reshape the travel experience of passengers who use Network Read More…

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Did you see them? TFL’s iconic roundels transformed Oxford Circus Underground station exits to celebrate the launch of Sony’s PS5

A short-term promotional stunt by Sony Interactive Entertainment to celebrate the launch of their PS5 console on 19 November 2020,  saw some TFL Underground stations transformed for just 48 hours. Those of you who had reason to be travelling on TFL Underground Read More…

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Aena launches map app to enhance the passenger experience inside its airports

Spanish airport management company Aena has partnered with Telefonica to launch AENAmaps (iOS & Android), a map-based interactive guide designed to help passengers manage all stages of their journeys from, to and through the company’s airports. From planning a journey to the flight Read More…

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BSI announces its first building design standard for people with sensory and neurological processing difficulties

BSI Group, the UK’s national standards body, has just announced a new project to create the first set of guidance for the design of the built environment (PAS 6463 Design for the mind – Neurodiversity and the built environment – Guide). This Read More…

2020 – 2021 British Cartographic Society Awards: enter now!

The British Cartographic Society (BCS) runs annual awards to recognize the very best cartographic work and scholarship from around the world. Award winners across nine categories are traditionally announced at the British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium. With this year’s scheduled conference cancelled Read More…

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V&A Museum wayfinding system wins SEGD Award for two SDS member companies

Congratulations to SDS member companies dn&co and Reade Signs who, along with allpointswest (and in conjunction with accessibility consultants JBC London), have won the prestigious SEGD 2020 Honor Award for the V&A Museum London‘s 2019 completed, comprehensive wayfinding strategy. The scheme includes Read More…

An image of two women sitting on benches in a park with a two metre apart social distancing sign between them

Social distancing and new signs of the times

Chris Girling, Head of Wayfinding at member company CCD Design & Ergonomics was recently in conversation with international news agency Reuters about the challenges facing effective social distancing signage as we physically navigate our new peri-Coronavirus pandemic normal. In the space of Read More…

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Walk this way to sustainable wayfinding and wellbeing in 2020 whilst maintaining social distancing

The built environment plays an important part in encouraging walking. And yet, as wayfinding practitioners we are well aware that designing accessible, attractive and safe environments doesn’t necessarily make them easily legible, memorable or navigable. These last three factors contribute significantly to Read More…

Update on the SDS 2020 event programme

This year’s event programme may be on pause for the time being but in the meantime, why not take a break from working from home to enjoy livestreams and presentation PDFs of seminars past? Available to all paid-up SDS members via the Read More…

Shot of ABG Design owners Howard Miles and Chris Hubert standing behind framed pictures in a building corridor

ABG Design features in the Parliamentary Review on creative industries

Photo featuring ABG Design co-founders Howard Miles (left) and Chris Hubert (right). Congratulations to SDS member ABG Design who feature in the most recent edition of The Parliamentary Review, with its focus on creative industries. The Truro-based studio, founded in 1999 by Read More…