2018 raised some hard-hitting issues surrounding gender equality, from pioneering movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, and enforcing gender pay gap reporting. These movements have forced us to reflect on our own experiences as women working in the design industry, to consider this effect on our professional lives, and to address where and how things can be improved.
A year of international openings, big moves, project completions & new beginnings.
A conversation with Kate Pleban and Guy Hohmann, Associates from our Melbourne and Auckland studios.
It seems a long time ago since we produced the last Object magazine. This past year has been an incredibly busy one with much to share. In this issue, we focus on research and innovation, profiling two projects which apply digital technologies to enhance the user experience within the transport sector.
Maynard’s work is diverse, at any one time we could be designing architectural components for new transport projects, creating an urban wayfinding strategy or producing our own range of street furniture. We’ve created an illustrated map of our work, see how many projects you can spot!
Something really struck a chord with me when I interviewed a candidate for a wayfinding role and asked them why they were interested in the job: they said they remembered getting lost as a child and finding it one of the scariest experiences they had ever had.
Simon Lee told Exhibition News about when it comes to event signage, getting visitors from A to B is an art form. It didn’t take long, however, for them to become clear that signage can influence the visitor journey round an exhibition in much more subtle and complex ways than simply pointing them in the right direction.
Ridley Scott and Syd Mead built a vision of 2019 based on clear socio-economic principles. Even as their future coincides with our present, it never feels like fantasy. I became aware of Blade Runner when I was a student in Manchester studying industrial design.
From an urban and transport development perspective, we all strive towards the Smart City vision; one which is intent on integrating digital information and communication technology into our everyday lives whether we’re actively aware of it or not.
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.