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Third piece of particularly inspiring design by hat-trickdesign.co.uk – Task 4)

4) Now select ONE designer or company that you find particularly inspiring. Choose THREE pieces of design (these might be separate items or three campaigns of linked items) and make analysis of each of these:

  • Why do you like it find it inspiring?

I like these pieces because they are bright and eye-catching. I like the colour scheme used because it is very cheery. I like the large-scale ‘G’ and ‘5’. The designs really brighten up the area without being ‘too much’.

  • What is the message/purpose of the piece?
My research tells me that these are ‘Environmental graphics and wayfinding scheme’.


  • Who is the audience and HOW does it hail the audience?

The audience would be anyone who comes to visit the housing association East Thames’ group headquarters in Stratford and anyone who walks by that building. The staff who work there are also the audience.

  • In what ways would you say it is innovative (if it is) OR why is it appropriate for this piece to use traditional conventions?

It looks innovative to me because some of the designs are really big and bold like the large ‘G’ and ‘5’. The designs are minimal which makes them look modern.

  • Outline the signifiers and how they tell you anything about the signified meaning – look at things like messages, narrative, quality, hailing and anything else that you deduce.

The numbers and letters are symbols so most people will be able to work out what they mean. My research tells me that the brands identity uses sunrises so this is why warm colours have been used.

The cup probably tells us that there is a café near or refreshments are available. I’m not sure what the piece that looks like a rainbow is trying to say. I thought the inspiration was meant to be sun rises, not rainbows.

  • Would you say that this designer or design company has a recognisable style – if so describe why this is, or say why this is not the case.

This piece fits in with the design for the Natural History Museum.

Here is some information I found out about the design when I was doing research.

‘East Thames Offices, UK

by Hat-Trick Design

Environmental graphics and wayfinding scheme for housing association East Thames’ group headquarters in Stratford, east London. Based on the Group’s brand identity theme of ‘sunrises’, referencing the sun rising in the east. Using the principles of light, shade and reflection, a simplified circular ‘sun’ shape and a relevant colour palette, we created an innovative system using reflected and transparent sunrise colours.

Creating ‘glowing’ iconography and wayfinding by bouncing colour from the reverse of signs against white walls of the building provided the base for their scheme.

Transparent colour applied to glazing let natural light cast colour throughout the building.

In addition, applied graphics and installations captured the theme of the ‘sun’, including a 2m clock in the public space alongside photography of local sunrises submitted by residents across east London and clients of East Thames to convey an optimistic and hopeful future.’

Article above from: http://graphicambient.com/2012/02/17/east-thames-offices-uk/


Looking at magazine layouts in Vogue

I really like the way the images have been arranged here because it gives me an idea for a design I could do for my project. There is quite a lot of type in italics here. Even though there is quite a lot going on here I don’t feel overwhelmed.

This spread looks beautiful and delicate. It is interesting that there is a white margin on the right side of the spread. The typeface used looks delicate and classy.

The big drop cap is really eye-catching. I love the typeface used. The right hand page is very text heavy but it is an interview so the amount of type is appropriate. You can see the use of a grid here. The pull quote is in italics.

Again there is a white column down the side and the pull quote fits in at the top. I can see that the same grid is being used here.

I thought this was an interesting spread because of how low down the title, the sell and the body text is. The reason why I think this works is because the use of white space on the right hand page reflects the image on the left. The whole spread is quite striking.

The next five spreads have a scrap-book look about them. I think I would like to discuss with my tutor and my fellow students about this way of displaying images. I suppose it is a case of taking a particular project and asking oneself a question. Is this a suitable way of displaying the images I have?

Clear use of a grid with three columns. White space left at the top to stop the spread from becoming overwhelming.

I think it is appropriate here how the images go from one side of the spread to the other and are in date order. I can see the use of a grid here that has three columns.

This spread is really clear and I can see how a grid has been used. I like the use of type with part of the title in bold.

All of the above are from the July 2011 issue of Vogue magazine. See below: