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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 Data Flow 2 – By Emily

I thought it would be useful to look at this book.

This one is eye-catching because it is an icon of a man and the blue and red stand out. I do find it a little bit confusing to follow which way blood travels. Now I’ve looked at it for longer I see, I do understand it. Each part of the body is its own section. So this infographic is effective if you have the time to stop and consider it.

This type explains how this book of music was made. This exercise seems a bit pointless as I don’t think the music made would be very enjoyable to listen to.

Perhaps this method could be used to help teach people to play the piano.

This looks very pretty but again, I don’t see the point in it. Since I couldn’t see the point in it I searched to find the music that was made so I could listen to it. I found it here


I can’t say I found any insight in the music now that I’ve heard it. I suppose it would be fun for the people who participated to find out that their colourings had been made into music.

This type explains how the data for this image was collected.

This looks really eye-catching with a nice contrast between the orange and black. The orange looks like its lighting up the night sky. The main criticism I have of this one is that I can not see much detail at all. What is does illustrate very well is the lack of activity outside the US and Europe.

My conclusions

  • Sometimes an infographic will display a complicated concept. Sometimes I was unable to see the message instantly. It it worth taking the time to look at it  as after a few minutes ‘the penny drops’ and it is satisfying to know that you worked it out.
  • Sometimes what is not present tells you as much as what is present.
  • Sometimes it is hard to see the point/reason for existence of an infographic, however, it may mean something to someone else or it may have been made for experimentation and fun. The vast majority of infographics are useful and it is easy to see the reason they were made.

All of the above are from this book:

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