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Examples of biophilic principles applied to environmental graphics

Biophilic Wayfinding & Environmental Graphic Design

What are the benefits of biophilic design and how can wayfinding and environmental graphic design contribute. In this post we explore the evidence and discuss the different components that make up biophilic design

Composite image showing different examples of urban graphics

Importance of Graphics in Urban Design

Why graphic design is a key component of urban design. It’s the graphic objects that give a place its colour; encourages us to explore; keep us safe; communicates its purpose and why we should be interested. It helps us to connect with a place and can inspire just as much passion as the architectural or landscape design.

Floor level sign and apartment directional sign

Wayfinding Signage for the Fire Service

In November 2020, amendments to The Building Regulations 2010 came into force. Responding to the recommendations from the Independent Review of Building, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, these new regulations cover wayfinding signage requirements for the fire service for all apartment buildings over 11m in height with specifications for location, position, typeface and nomenclature.

Department of Transport pictograms showing various symbols as black outlines

Icons, Pictograms And Symbols

Anyone involved in the world of wayfinding and sign design is likely to come across the terms pictogram, icon and symbol sooner rather than later. As jargon goes these terms, are pretty innocuous. But what’s the difference between an icon, pictogram and symbol? We give our view on their different uses in wayfinding design.

Creative design for an entrance identification sign to a car park

The Art Of Vertical Banner Sign Design

Vertical banner signs are frequently seen on the sides of buildings and shops or fixed to lampposts. For multi-storey buildings, applying high level, banner signs can help cut through the visual noise and increase visibility of the brand, destination or promotional message. When it comes to the layout should the letters read from the bottom to top or vice versa?

Main entrance to Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre

Importance Of Landmarks in Wayfinding

Highlighted in Kevin Lynch’s seminal book on urban planning The Image of the City, landmarks play an important role in helping us understand a place. Not only do they provide the datum points that help us build a mental map, we rely on them to find our way round. Therefore, an audit of the local context to identify potential landmarks should be a key input in the development of a wayfinding strategy.