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Wayfinding Consultancy

 Empowering people by making sense of the places they visit 

The Velvet Principle is London based wayfinding and graphic design consultancy,  developing wayfinding strategies that help people navigate, route plan and understand all there is to see, do or learn in a place. Capturing the brand and essence of place through the creative design of signs and decorative graphics.

Wayfinding Consultancy

We develop integrated wayfinding strategies that use a range of tools to enable people to navigate and route plan.

Sign Design

We design content and sign forms that communicate all there is to see, do or learn in a place and guide people on their journey.

Experiential Graphics

We design graphics and products for buildings and places that capture the essence and character of the brand or experience.

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Sustainable office wayfinding design

n2 Sustainable Office Wayfinding Design

The design of the wayfinding signs needed to align with the client’s sustainability and wellness targets – BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Core Gold. To meet these challenges the design minimised the volume of material by applying the information as individual characters directly to the building surfaces

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Orford Ness Visitor Map

Great Example of Low Tech Wayfinding Design

With the emphasis in design consultancy tending to be on the new and innovative, we’ve come to expect detailed design reports and strategies; multi-component product specifications and manufacturing lead times spanning several months. But sometimes low tech solutions, that just use whatever is to hand can work so well – like this low tech wayfinding design at Orford Ness.

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Use of colour as a tool in the design of wayfinding signage

Signage Design for Colour Blindness

Beyond the aesthetics, colour has an important functional role in wayfinding design. Colour is often used to distinguish between floor levels, routes and different activity zones. For many people, colour offers a very clear and easy to follow intuitive cue to assist with navigation.
With an estimated 8% of the male population and 0.5% of the female population worldwide

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children cycling on a road

Why Wayfinding Needs to be Part of an Active Travel Strategy

The Government has launched a £200m fund to help Local Authorities make improvements and upgrade pedestrian and cycle routes and paths. Clearly creating safe and attractive routes is critical if we’re to be persuaded to ditch cars in favour of cycling and walking. Importantly, we also need to know where these car free, safe or green route options are

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Map showing green spaces across London

Green Route Wayfinding

A few weeks ago I set off from home in West London on a 25km circular walk. Following paths and trails, flanked by trees, waterways and open spaces. With London’s reputation as one of the world’s most congested cities – I find that amazing.

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