Keble College signage

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University of Oxford Keble College commissioned me to design a wayfinding system to direct external visitors around the site during their Easter and Summer conferences.

The design needed to be sensitive to Butterfield’s polychromatic brickwork architecture, the buildings’ Grade II listed status, take into account existing fittings and fixtures – and, not least of all, the fact that to most of its students, Keble College is home.

Working with custom signmakers The Signworks, I designed a modular signage system consisting of a wall-mounted back plate and a face place that dovetails on it. Rubbings of the brickwork taken at each sign location provided templates for custom-located fittings to align with the brick courses.

The signs were spray-painted in a dark grey to match existing metalwork on the grounds. The signs are easy to take down at the end of the conference season – but secure enough to discourage the casual thief or trophy-hunter when in use. When the signs are removed, holes and wall plugs are covered with caps painted to match the brick joints.

The World in Reading

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The World in Reading is a thematic introduction to the rich and diverse collection at Reading Museum. The brief for this museum guide was to conveys the sense of inspiration and enjoyment that can be derived from studying and handling real objects, whether they relate to Reading’s local historical and natural environment or other cultures around the world.

The design combines a contemporary palette, clean sans serif and flexible grid to show off the collection at Reading. Juxtaposition of different image treatments provides variety of colour, texture, shape, and scale.

The cover illustrates the breadth of the Museum collection and provides ‘teasers’ which hint at the treasures to be discovered.

Colour, collage and constructions

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Design work for this exhibition of the joyful and vibrant work of British abstract artist Terry Frost at the Museum of Reading included an advertisement in the Royal Academy Magazine, exhibition poster, events programme, private view invitation card, catalogue and gallery interpretation panel.

Close liaision with museum staff, photographers, and printers was essential to ensure a high-quality finish and accurate colour reproduction of the works in print.

The epic scale of the works on show is reflected in the catalogue, where each work takes up a whole page, while relative sizes are maintained as much as possible. The square format of the catalogue caters for both portrait and landscape images.