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STOP PRESS – ISA-UK postpones the 2020 Sign & Print Awards

Update (05.05.2020) due to the impact that the COVID-19 lockdown has had on the economy and manufacturing industries it is with regret that ISA-UK has taken the decision to postpone this year’s Sign & Print Awards until 2021. The awards had been Read More…

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This way! Applied’s new wayfinding system helps NHS staff navigate unfamiliar territory to reach Bath’s RUH Trust sites

New wayfinding solutions, some potentially more permanent than others, have sprung up – overnight in some cases – across the world over the past few months in response to the emergent COVID-19 pandemic. One such system designed by Applied Wayfinding has been Read More…

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Case study library: Cobal Sign Systems completes project for the Design Museum

Project Name: Design Musuem Client: Design Museum Sector: Museum and heritage Location: London (England) Role: Cobal partnered with Cartlidge Levene and architects John Pawson, to create wayfinding, placemaking and signage that enriches the character and personality of the Museum’s new home in South Kensington. The Brief: Following a £23 million transformation, Read More…

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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…

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An update from former SDS seminar speaker on research into how London taxi drivers navigate and what as wayfinders we can learn from them

Those of you with long memories or who have more recently been revisiting SDS seminars past, via our Talks Archive (only accessible to paid up Society members), you may recall UCL PhD student Eva-Maria Griesbauer‘s thought-provoking and informative presentation on how her Read More…

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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…

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Changing Places win March 2020 Budget backing victory

Some great news for inclusion that you may have missed in recent weeks. To celebrate that in his March 12 2020 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged to accelerate the provision of Changing Places toilet facilities in new and existing buildings. As well Read More…

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Why good wayfinding words matter: UK hospital apologises for poor signage to Coronavirus isolation unit

A recent incident reported in The Guardian has highlighted why robust signage is so important in a hospital setting and what happens when it falls short of best practice. A woman who experienced flu-like symptoms after a trip to Singapore and Hong Read More…

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Announcement: changes to the SDS management

Dear Members After a good three years as Chair of the SDS, I have decided it is time to step down. I am very pleased to announce that Colette Jeffrey and Andrew Barker will be taking the SDS forward as Co-Chairs. Colette and Andrew have been Read More…