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Young Urbanist

Young Urbanist 2026 Manifesto

As a member of the Academy of Urbanism’s Young Urbanists I am invited to various events throughout the year;   This month’s event was: ‘The 2026 Urbanism Manifesto’. The discussion would be focused on exploring key trends for the next ten years of our rapidly developing cities following a series of short presentations by key […]

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Designing for a Living City

As the weather is starting to get warmer with the beginning of Spring, I decided to take a trip to the Barbican in East London to visit “Designing for a Living City”- an exhibition currently being held in their Foyer.  Being perhaps one of the best and largest example of the Brutalist style worldwide, visiting […]

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DLR

DLR – The wind in our sails…

The Maynard team just can’t seem to get enough of a good dock! For the past 6 months we’ve been busy assisting the UK’s leading port group, Associated British Ports, with the development of an exemplar wayfinding system for 21 individual ports across England, Wales and Scotland. Not one to rest on our laurels, we’re […]

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Inclusive design

Design for Inclusivity (and its challenges)

According to recent studies, approximately 1 person in 30 across the UK is living with sight loss. This is set to increase dramatically in the future; an ageing population, coupled with a growth in key underlying causes of sight loss such as obesity and diabetes, means that the number of people affected is set to […]

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Merry Christmas Maynard Design

Merry Christmas from Maynard

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank all of our clients and design partners who have contributed to the projects this year and we look forward to continuing these successful relationships in 2016. The team at Maynard

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Recruiting

We’re recruiting – talented designers wanted!

We are constantly looking for talented planners, designers and strategists to join our growing multi-disciplinary team. Current vacancies are listed below and are available immediately. Please apply with a cv and portfolio of work to jobs@maynard-design.com We are also interested to hear from speculative applicants with complementary skill sets so do get in touch with your cv and portfolio. […]

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Smart Wayfinding Digital

Smart London Digital Wayfinding

Maynard are thrilled to be winners of the Smart London District Challenge competition for our unique take on Digital Wayfinding. The competition was launched as part of the Mayor of London’s 2020 vision for a “smart city” in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainability and EIT digital (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). The objective […]

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Lighting Masterplan Competition Finalists

Maynard were recently selected as finalists for our Lighting Masterplan for the Urban Lightscape competition. This global lighting design competition called for innovative design concepts and solutions to revamp the EUR district of Rome, using lighting interventions to create a vibrant and engaging community network. EUR stands for Esposiziona Universale Roma and was originally designed […]

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ABP Ports Wayfinding System

All Hands on Deck – ABP Ports Wayfinding System

It’s been a busy couple of months here at Maynard… Our energetic team of designers have been roaming up and down the country as part of our recent commission to deliver a brand new wayfinding strategy for 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our Client, Associated British Ports (ABP), is the UK’s leading ports […]

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Street Lighting

Streetscape Lighting

With recent projects such as Maynard’s entry into London Smart Districts digital wayfinding and a current competition entry in the Rome Smart Cities Lighting competition on my mind, a small development in my local neighbourhood sparked my interest. A recent installation of new LED street lighting has produced a stark example of the benefits and […]

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Cycling

Bike the Strike – Cycling at Maynard

Cycling is an important part of our daily routine at Maynard As a studio we feel that cycling provides many positive benefits to our general well being, enhancing our energy levels and reducing stress by keeping us connected to the daily activity of the city. We encourage our staff to use their bike as a […]

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smart cities

Smarter journeys through intelligent assets

Following our recent entry in the institute for sustainability London Smart Districts Digital Wayfinding competition, the studio has been pursuing our interest in enabling smart cities solutions through intelligent and interconnected physical assets. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that is used to describe the exchange information between physical objects and their users […]

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Professional development

PD for ID – It’s about manufacturing

According to the ONS, the UK’s creative sector continues to outpace the wider economy in both jobs added and economic growth. Within the creative industry, design leads the way. Employment in the design industry increased the most of any creative sector, adding 17.7% more jobs between 2011 & 2013, and while design remains a small […]

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Art and ‘Intuitive Wayfinding’

One of our highlights from Clerkenwell Design Week this year was a panel discussion on the role of design and public art as a vital part of the identity of London’s Transport infrastructure. It was refreshing to listen to the varied panel, consisting of station designers, procurement staff and artists, discuss art on transport networks […]

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Designs of the Year Exhibition 2015

Last Friday we packed up the studio early, rounded up the troops and made our way to the Design Museum to see the annual Designs of the Year exhibition. There was something for everyone over the 6 categories and we each gravitated towards the entries that peaked our interest. Our love of graphics attracted us […]

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Hack Weekend

Digital Catapult Hack Weekend

I must admit, when I first heard about the digital catapult ‘hackathon’ I was skeptical. Surely there were better ways to spend my weekend than cooped up in a room with 50 individuals who chose to spend the first weekend of spring ‘hacking’. But I was curious: what exactly was a hackathon? Who participates in […]

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Maynard

Dear Friends, 2014 has been a time for change. We have continued to expand into the wayfinding and signage sector, whilst maintaining our ongoing transport work for Crossrail, London Bridge Station and the recent ‘Tomorrows Train Design Today’ Competition.  We have grown as a studio with new members joining and the acquisition of an additional floor at the mews in Paddington. On […]

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Recruiting

We’re recruiting!

Maynard Design are hiring! We are looking for talented wayfinding planning and information design specialists to join our growing team. Please apply with a cv and portfolio of work to jobs@maynard-design.com Or visit our linkedin page   Junior Wayfinding Planner We are looking for a talented, self-motivated full-time junior wayfinding planner. This is an excellent opportunity […]

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Year of the Bus

Year of the Bus – Graphic Oyster Card Holders

Whilst logging onto to Gmail today I noticed that todays google doodle was celebrating the Year of the Bus. As silly as it sounds, and given most of our work is transport based, none of us in the studio were aware of it being the Year of the Bus. However it appears that TfL have been busy […]

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The Great British Railway

With the studio about to embark on concept design for the FutureRailway competition, we’ve come over all nostalgic for train travel. Slam doors, bone shakers, the hey day of British Rail, when first class really meant first class, wood panelling, booth seating, the cycle cage catering for those extra commuters on the 8.09 between Purley […]

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Train design

The Tomorrow’s Train Design Today

We are happy to say that we have been shortlisted to work on the FutureRailway competition to imagine new train design for passenger carriages for the UK rail network. We are one of 10 shortlisted design teams, whittled down from 48 entries by designers, architects and engineers and will be looking at the Next Generation Train Design Interiors […]

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Keith Haring

The Radiant Baby – Keith Haring

A lot of the graphic work we do here at Maynard involves designing pictograms. Sometimes they can be more sedate in their style other times more far out. A particular artist that we like to reference for the playfulness of his work is Keith Haring whom’s artwork was mostly made up of dancing stickman style characters or what […]

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Colour

Splash of Colour – Floto + Warner Studio

Starting the week off with a splash of colour… Colourant is a series of floating sculptures by Floto + Warner Studio that pass you by as an imperceptible flash of colour. A fleeting moment, that blocks and obscures the landscape, a momentary graffiti of air and space. Pretty cool huh and there is no photoshop […]

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Razzle Dazzle

For anyone walking along the embankment this week you may have been baffled by an unusual looking war ship berthed on the Thames and that is exactly how it should be – just as German U-boat captains were baffled and confused 100 years ago. The ship is there to shed light on one of the […]

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infographics

Weather permitting – BBC Weather Infographics

In a broad sense what information graphics, or infographics as they are sometimes referred to, do is to condense information into a form where it will be more easily absorbed by the reader. When a complex piece of information needs to be described quickly, precisely and clearly, a graphic is often more suitable. Most people […]

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Graphic Standards

Setting the guidelines – New York Transit Graphic Standards

A project is only as good as its Graphic Standards Manual! The New York City Transit Authority Original guidelines are guidelines as they should be!  See more photographs of the Original Guides at StandardsManual.com  as well as an in-depth history.  “Variations on Noorda and Vignelli’s transit work work can be seen all over the planet. Chicago’s […]

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Introducing Object – Our Annual Studio Newspaper

At the start of the year we launched our annual studio newspaper – Object Designed to showcase what we’ve been up to, the Object newspaper looks at our new work and give an insight to studio life at Maynard. Here’s a quick preview of what’s inside including: Introduction to Maynard Our Award-winning legible city wayfinding […]

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Floriane de Lassee

Water Under the Bridge – Floriane de Lassee

Photographs of Bridges over the River Seine seen in a different way by artist Floriane de Lassee. ‘Skies Seine’ 2011-2014 by Floriane de Lassee Via “Parisian bridge is the “top” and romantic ballads, one under which flows the Seine: the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge, the Bridge of Arts, the Pont Alexandre III. “Below” is one of […]

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Concrete

5 subtle ways with concrete

To some concrete is ugly, but to others it’s beauty. Here we’ve selected 5 ways concrete has been used in a more subtle way. All images found via  

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Sahara Desert Memorial Sculpture

An incredible story of the creation of a memorial for a flight that never reached it’s destination. On 19 September 1989 UTA flight 772 was travelling from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris when it was blown up over the Sahara desert. All 156 passengers and 14 crew members were killed. Where the French […]

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Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine Pavilion 2014 – Smiljan Radic

It’s coming up to that time of year again when we can kick off our shoes, sit back and relax in a experimental and innovative surrounding right in the heart of London – The Serpentine Pavilion. This years Serpentine Pavilion is by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside […]

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Animated infographics – Christian Borstlap

Infographics don’t necessarily have to be static. With more and more information being broadcast and read online this has opened up an opportunity for animated infographics to convey the message. In some respects it makes it easier for complex information to be digested in a step by step way – drip feeding information through to […]

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Transport Identities

Identity and The Golden Era

With the recent launch of the latest gem from Unit Editions, Manuals 1 Design and Identity Guidelines, we thought we would showcase what we feel are the top 5 transport related identities. Starting with a homegrown design classic… 1. British Rail Identity In 1964 Design Research Unit, Britain’s first multi-disciplinary design agency, were commissioned to breathe […]

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London Bridge – A station for the 21st Century

For the past 18 months, two members of the Maynard team have taken up residency at London Bridge, the City’s oldest and most complex train station. The re-development of the station is a complex one and as such, Lauren van Uden and Alex Dale have set up shop there both working closely with Grimshaw, the […]

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Maynard Design wins SDS Award!

Hurrah! We’re are honoured to have won the 2013 SDS Award (Sign Design Society) for Information Design for our Southampton City Council work. The Council felt that Southampton’s previous maps were graphically cluttered, difficult to understand and visually inconsistent. The complex nature of the City’s bus and cycle networks resulted in the need for simplicity. Maynard […]

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Pylon Design RIBA Competition

In 2012 RIBA launched a competition to design a new pylon structure for the UK. The existing design has not changed since 1927 and they asked that the designs explore the relationship between our energy infrastructure and the relationship between our energy infrastructure and the environment within which it needs to be located, producing highly […]

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