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Big Bold Signs



Students in Birmingham work with a design firm to create a multi-lingual signage system reflecting their school's status as a language college.

Acting as the clients, the students from Summerhill school collaborate with the company Graphic Thought Facility, to come up with big stencilled signs, colour coded for subject, directing pupils around the school building.

Involving pupils in this way is a key part of the Joinedupdesignforschools project.

The brainchild of The Sorrell Foundation, the project gives pupils a major say in how an aspect of their school's environment is improved. The pupils are the clients, briefing designers who produce designs for their approval.

The project follows a four stage pattern:

  • The challenge
  • The brief
  • The conversation
  • The concept

A follow-up then looks at the school's success in finding the money to turn the creative designs into reality.


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