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After six fabulous years with us at Holmes Wood Matteo has decided to return home to Venice. He handed over his Head of the Table place to Eileen at the final lunch today. We are very sad but wish him and his family just the very best.
The official opening for the new Rokos Quad development at Pembroke College in Oxford by HRH The Duke of Kent. The plaque was the final part of the wayfinding scheme.
Photo credit: Rob Judges
We have recently installed a new sign programme at Somerset House which includes information totems, what’s on boards, a new map and a full internal scheme. The design reflects the historic building and contemporary programmes of the venue and are flexible to meet the functional requirements of the space.
Senior Designer – Wayfinding and Information Graphics
Holmes Wood was founded on a collision of complementary talents in sign and graphic design. We have since become one of Britain’s leading designers of direction and information schemes. Our work includes all aspects of wayfinding and signs, identities and print. Clients range from major galleries, museums and other arts institutions to heavyweight corporate groups, commercial and service organisations.
We are looking for an extremely experienced creative Senior Designer and Strategist, who will be a key part of our team helping to design and deliver beautiful solutions that work.
Botanic House became just the second new building in two decades to open its doors in Cambridge’s city centre. Lawyers Mills & Reeve moved in on the 18th of February and we designed the scheme for the reception lobby. Check them out at 00:09 in this video http://bcove.me/45ajxflj
We took a trip to the Natural History Museum, which was looking lovely in the snow this week!
The first phase of our wayfinding scheme for the refurbished Abercrombie and New Library and Teaching Building at Oxford Brookes University is being installed this week. We designed a bespoke product that draws reference from the new architecture and information graphics including a suite of bespoke pictograms. The pictograms bring character and personality to the signs and work alongside the University font Helvetica.
We have just finished installing the new sign scheme for Pembroke College in Oxford. The new Rokos Quad development, designed by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects, will provide students with a mixture of living, teaching, socialising and performing spaces.
Wishing everybody a happy new year from all at Holmes Wood!
The Holmes Wood elves did a fantastic job organising our Christmas party this year and even managed to keep it a secret despite weeks of pestering for clues. We had a great time in Vienna, enjoying the Vienna State Opera, the beautiful Christmas markets and of course an appropriate amount of mulled wine. Thanks Holmes Wood and Merry Christmas!
We were invited to RIBA last night to hang a decoration on their tree.
Monocle Radio reported on the ‘Women in Design’ event in Dublin, where Lucy spoke about her experience as a designer. You can listen to the report here: http://tinyurl.com/dx2uxwg
Holmes Wood have been appointed to design a new wayfinding scheme for IWM London, part of Imperial War Museums. Over the next decade a series of redevelopment projects will regenerate the museum, starting with the Regeneration project in 2014, designed by Foster & Partners. The existing central hall will be reconfigured to create a new Atrium at the heart of the Museum, new First World War galleries to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and a new cafe, shop and terraces. Holmes Wood will be designing a scheme that reflects the new brand identity, balanced with creating a flexible and creative navigation system and information graphics.
eg magazine won FOLIO’s Gold Award in the “Best Redesign” category last week at an awards ceremony in New York.
We are working on the internal wayfinding for the new library and teaching building at Oxford Brookes University. RIBA Journal have written a critique about the architectural transformation.
As part of Design Week, Lucy will be speaking about the influence of women in design at The Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.
Wellcome Collection, the free visitor destination for the incurably curious, has established itself as one of the most innovative public venues in the UK.
Over the next two years, they will build on this success by creating new galleries and public spaces to meet overwhelming demand. Working with Stirling Prize winning architects Wilkinson Eyre, we have been appointed to design a rationalised and compelling wayfinding scheme.
We’ve just designed the new V&A Map for Autumn/Winter 2012.
The new issue of SEGD’s eg magazine is now online.
Widely hailed as the new William Caxton, Whybrow (wearing his Holmes-Wood apron) presents the contents of his galley…
Hot off the press the group review for the National Collection for English Heritage. This is our fourth edition.
Phase I of our new wayfinding scheme for St. Catherine’s School for Girls in Bramley has just been installed. “Very elegant” as the Headmistress put it!
Our environmental graphics for The Café at Oxford Brookes University were installed this week. We used our pictograms from our wayfinding scheme as elements of the wallpaper patterns to help mark the space.
The Olympic Torch ran through our neighbourhood yesterday, can you spot the real one?
Thanks to Design Week for featuring our redesign of SEGD magazine today.
Holmes Wood have taken part in the Race for Life every year since 2008, yesterday we joined thousands of ladies dressed in pink to raise money to help fund Cancer Research UK. You can still donate by visiting our sponsor page: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/holmes-wood-2012. Well done to everyone who took part!
Our concept designs for new temporary banners at Tate Liverpool have been taken forward and were finally installed last week.
Bet you can’t guess which one is our montage for planning and which one is the real thing?!
We are currently designing new wayfinding and information graphics for both the Prep and Senior Schools of St Catherine’s School for Girls in Bramley. We noted on our audit of the site this charming sign. It absolutely sums up the attitude and atmosphere created by Alice Phillips (Headmistress) and her team.
We were really lucky this week. Alan Kitching invited us all to his studio to look at recent work and explore his treasured space. Look out for his Olympic poster…
We designed a new map and leaflet to enable visitors to orientate themselves around the site easily, showing key facilities and allowing visitors to make the most of their visit to Dyrham Park.
Tickets are still available for the SEGD International Symposium on 27th April 2012. It will celebrate design, innovation and collaboration in conjunction with the V&A’s exhibition, ‘British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age’. Speakers include David Adjaye, Kenneth Grange, Malcolm Garrett, Rob McIntosh and Mike Dempsey. For more information please click here.
Lucy joined Ptolemy Mann, Jenny Coe and Nick Bell to discuss ‘Secret Places, Hidden Design’ at Cheltenham Design Festival on Saturday.
We spent a day learning the fine art of signwriting, thanks to the the skilled guidance of Wayne at Osbornes Signs in Midhurst. Please don’t look too closely…
Alex joined the panel to help judge the Design Week Awards 2012. Some fantastic work submitted!
We celebrated Ali’s 10th anniversary at Holmes Wood this week. The customary carriage clock was presented with a few glasses of fizz. Although on maternity leave at the moment she popped in to see us all this week. Thank you Ali, for everything so far.
We have designed the identity for the SEGD International Symposium on 27th April 2012. It will celebrate design, innovation and collaboration in conjunction with the V&A’s exhibition, ‘British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age’. Speakers include David Adjaye, Kenneth Grange, Malcolm Garrett, Rob McIntosh and Mike Dempsey. For more information please click here.
For every project we design a custom arrow. We produced this screenprinted booklet highlighting nine of them.
Lucy just took a trip over to Washington DC to be a part of the judging panel for the Global SEGD Awards.
We were appointed by King’s Health Partners to design supergraphics for four of their primary hospital sites. The graphics are part of a campaign that will introduce their new giving brand, ‘together we can…’ which aims to raise awareness and encourage support through fundraising and volunteering.
Alex is just back from an SEGD trip to the USA. Houston has to be one the least attractive cities in the world, but The Menil Collection was a highlight. This sculpture by Michael Heizer is in the lawn outside. The Rothko Chapel was also wonderful.
To announce the refurbishment of the Europe Galleries at the V&A, we have designed a supergraphic for Cromwell Road. Being installed this morning.
A week in January in the Holmes Wood studio in 14 seconds.
We’ve been to photograph our new wayfinding scheme for Roehampton University Library.
Ready for four new exciting exhibitions we have designed the new map for the Victoria and Albert museum.