UCA Maidstone Studios

Signage, way-finding and environmental graphics

The University for the Creative Arts has recently extended their space at the Maidstone TV Studios in Kent, the UK’s largest dedicated television studio facility from which they run their unique three-year honours programme in television production.

We were drafted in during the refurbishment process to work on the graphic elements in the new space. Being a highly flexible work environment, the key objective was to create a signage system that functions for both the permanent fixtures and for temporary uses. The rooms’ numbering system was produced out of machine-cut acrylic, and allows for a second level of information in vinyl to be used. This allows the office management to change room names and specifications without having to change the permanent fixture. The individual signage pieces were unified through the continuous horizontal lines of the safety glass manifestation.

As part of the signage family, we also designed an information panel for office and course details. To fit within the project budget, the display system uses a highly flexible but widely available racking panels that can be disassembled and used as temporary way-finding signs on open days.

Photos by Chris Linaker

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