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Case study library: isGroup’s award-winning construction signage for IM Properties HQ

Project Name: IM Properties Headquarters Client: IM Group Sector: Offices and estates Location: Solihull, Birmingham (UK) The role: Working closely with f.r.a., Bam Construction and IM Properties, isGroup were com-missioned to manufacture and install signage for IM Properties’ brand-new campus facility in Solihull. 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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

Image of a thermometer (with COVID-19 written on it) juxtaposed against a hospital 'isolation' ward' sign and hospital background

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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Recent ThinkStation initiative findings to feed into the brief for an upcoming international station design competition

Some SDS members may have been fortunate to be amongst the 350 people who had the opportunity to attend one of the series of pioneering ThinkStation workshops held in recent months across the UK. Run by the Design Council in partnership with Read More…