Tuesday, 26 May 2009

follow up how become to final design

I sat down again and was looking at my work, re-thinking how it going to be a final piece!!! 
following from the book call visualizing research and my own idea, that I have to do.

1. Looking at Type and typography by creating a chart with the selection of typefaces to be used, together with all specification, like size, word and letter spacing, positive and negative spaces and typography details.

2. Materials to be used by making a chart with samples of all the basic materials to be used

3. Selection of colours. creating a chart of colours are available to be used on typface and find the best one, also the concept behide the colour selection can be shown with a chart as well. 

4. Layout with samples of each layout.

5. Symbols, Pictograms. A chart with an overview of all the art work.

6. Position of signs in elevation with the standard heights of all architecture elements.


Monday, 11 May 2009

Looking at colours contrast again

After I went to St'Pancras last month for observation and tested some of my design with was colour and type, also interviewed with the passenger in the station. there are some coloure that I have to change some of colour to fit in the architecture and environment. from the pictures below are the different tone of "blue" one of black colure . Black colour is the another oportunity colour to use in this station.

Inteview by e-mail with Bruno Maag

I've been writing email to Bruno Maag, asked some advice from him because he was type designer for St'Pancras project, and I got some really useful adivices from him about type. please see below>>> 

1.      St  Pancras is a complex, crowded and also very large station. In
term of type design,    how did the Barlow font influence you? And
what was your inspiration using this type for St. Pancras station?

Barlow is based on one of our own fonts - Stroudley. Stroudley was originally designed for signage purposes, hence the tall x-height and relatively narrow letter width, to allow for a higher letter count. For reasons of legibility, the font was designed with humanist features, eg. open character shapes. For Barlow the font was slightly more condensed to allow an even higher letter count on the limited amount of space on signs. 

2.      From my observational research, I found that you used bi linguine
languages for “Departure” and “Arrival” between English and French,
what made you decided to use this method just for these words?  And
why didn’t you use this method with other information such as
“entrance” or “exit”?

We were not involved in the actual implementation of the typeface, just the font design itself. So, really I have no control over wording etc. It is my guess that this decision came about to assist primarily with the Eurostar passengers, to acknowledge the French destination. St Pancras, of course, also serves UK mainland rail services and I think for this reason a single language only approach was applied. Again, you have to talk to the actual station designers or operators about this. 
3.      Do you think this station could benefit from more use of colours for coding?

It's a very busy and convoluted train station. I must admit that the few times I was there I had a hard time finding some of the local train services. Finding Eurostar is no problem but finding the Thameslink becomes a serious challange because I don't think that service is signed very well at all.

I am not sure that colour coding would help. There is also a practical issue to that as all of the rail services are run by private companies, each with their own corporate colours. To make colour coding effective for the various services, you'd have to co-ordinate a huge amount of opinions and brand guidelines.

4.      In terms of hierarchy, how did you manage the information used for
the signage around the station?

Again, we were not involved in the actual design of the signage. So I cannot comment on that.

I hope this helps.
Kind regards

Bruno Maag, Managing Director, Dalton Maag Ltd
Unit 107, 245A Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RR, UK

Friday, 1 May 2009

useful links

A case study by Jenny Reising :  about Schiphol Airport signagehttp://signweb.com/index.php/channel/7/id/1378


 Sander Baumann web blog, including information design, signage, typography and other useful things 

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

pictograms, got the final design

come from the concept of looking back in 21 st century, in that time St' Pancras is the one of London victorian station and very well known. I m looking on that period and see how people wearing, styles and another identity to apply into my design. 

design and design

I keep designing and exploring my ideas for waiting to get a feed back from supervisor and then go to test at St pancras in London next week. Many design come from many sketches.

Monday, 16 March 2009

looking at colour schemes of St.Pancras

from the concept of St. Pancras Blue and also integrat with the modern architecture stlye.