After our lecture on Typography we were asked to perform an audit on the newly fitted way finding system within the London College of Communication, without any prior research into the designers. Having started the audit in the main entrance, we investigated the signs in each block of LCC, recording them through photography. The system takes on a simplistic form, using colour coding to differentiate between the varying blocks of the university and the simplistic, sans serif typeface Helvetica to emphasise readability.
A key part of the task was to ask someone within the university about the sign system. The question that I posed was ‘How do you feel that the new way finding system works in comparison to the previous Cartlidge Levene system?’. I did not get the name of the person I questioned, but I did find out that they were in their first year of studying. Having experienced the old signage during their application process, they said “the old system was very unhelpful due to the fact that parts of it had fallen apart and replaced with temporary signs, so there was no real consistency in design. The new signage has helped massively when it comes to finding my way around the building, particularly with me still being relatively new. The use of colour has been the most effective aspect of the signs, as I still struggle with the names of the blocks.
Having completed the audit, we then returned to class to conduct some secondary research into the Pentagram designed sign system. During this research, I discovered how adaptable the system truly is. Having created the signage to fit onto a grid of screw holes, various elements of different sizes can be slotted together with ease. Also due to the proposed move of the university, it means that the way finding system can be kept and easily adjusted to the layout of the new building.