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Work in Progress: Keswick Museum & Art Gallery

Working with Mosedale Gillatt Architects, Picto have just completed a new wayfinding scheme for Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, an original Victorian museum with an eclectic collection located in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Built in 1898, the Arts & Crafts style building has just undergone a £2m upgrade and is due to re-open to the public in Spring 2014. The main facility is set over 2 floors — the museum and art gallery on the top level with access from Station Road, cafe, shop and education facilities below with access from Fitz Park.

With a limited budget the primary function of the signs is to encourage visitors to move between both levels and make use of all that is on offer.  Original graphics identifying the building have been retained and refurbished.  The museum was also keen that their logo appears at both entrances, particularly on the street side which includes a new glazed feature entrance with views leading through to the park and beyond, which are stunning.

Working closely with MGA and the client, careful consideration has been given to clear terminology and meeting with DDA guidelines for signs. Main graphics are set in the typeface Hoefler while tactile signs use the sans serif Myriad, the headline and body copy respectively which will be used for all interpretation material.  Materials and finishes have been selected to sit within the high quality fit-out and a special set of pictograms, originally developed for the British Museum, have been used.

top left: directional sign with clear contrast against glazed background (revealing the stunning view to Fitz Park and beyond); bottom left: Identification lettering announcing entrance to Art Gallery; right: tactile and Braille lift sign

Purpose built in 1898 the original building graphics have been refurbished as part of the renovations

1 Comment
  • Labelfreek

    Reply December 1st, 2013 12:09 pm

    This looks great. Very clean and crisp. Love the picto’s.

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