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Case study: new wayfinding scheme for University of Wolverhampton School of Architecture by xsign

Clients: ISG and Associated Architects Sector: Schools, colleges and universities Location: Wolverhampton (UK) Role: Wayfinding service, signage design, manufacture, and installation of the signage. The Brief: xsign were specified by ISG and Associated Architects to provide an internal and external signage scheme at Read More…

Front cover of newly published 'The Happy Design Toolkit'

Reader’s corner book of the month: May 2022

Featuring publications of relevance to our industry, including those cited in SDS e-newsletter lead articles and suggested additional reading, we’ve recently relaunched the SDS Reader’s Corner book of the month page. Each month we will showcase a suggested read that relates to Read More…

Managing Directors of ADXBA and Astra Signs shake hands on their firms' merger (April 2022)

ADXBA and Astra Signs merge to create northern signage powerhouse

Digital signage solution provider ADXBA and bespoke architectural signage company Astra Signs have announced their merger. It  will see them become one of the leading full-service providers of both traditional and digital signage solutions in England. The two Manchester-based companies will ultimately operate under Read More…

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Maynard acquires Transport Design Consultancy (TDC)

Congratulations to Maynard Design Group who announced the acquisition of Transport Design Consultancy (TDC) in mid-March ’22. This merger brings together the two original pioneers of transport design consultancy sector. Maynard Design Group now becomes the most experienced, multi-disciplinary design consultancy in Read More…

New edition of Sign Design Guide needs your input

Some fields of design have clearly defined accessibility guidelines, such as the web content accessibility guidelines. We have the Sign Design Guide. This was published by the Sign Design Society twenty years ago and is still much in demand and widely cited Read More…

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Missed Colette Jeffrey’s RIN talk on wayfinding/waylosing?

If you didn’t join-up for Colette’s talk live on 10 February 2021, you can view it now via the Royal College of Navigation (RIN) YouTube channel. Getting lost in a building has proved fatal for two navigators recently. Most research on ‘waylosing’ Read More…

Department of Transport issues guidance on signage to Covid-19 vaccination centres

With the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme now taking place the length and breadth of the UK, the Department of Transport has released guidance on temporary signage to guide traffic to vaccination centres. Download the PDF.  

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Looking back at 2020

By Andrew Barker What a year it has been – do I hear any disagreement with that? When 2020 began I had little idea how the year was actually going to unfold, and how little it would have to do with the Read More…

External view of local station platform

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…

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…