A combination of client led and experimental poster design projects developed in our studio to help promote brands and allow our designers to simply play with, graphic design, type and stuff of interest. 

 

Washroom fittings branding for architects.

ONVO originated from many years of the company Lovair assisting architects with the design of school washrooms. Lovair separated their education division in January 2018 to create ONVO giving greater clarity of focus and provide customer experience tailored to this sector. ONVO recognised that they could be part of enhancing children’s experience at school and having a positive impact on the quality of their education.

Inspired by the rich heritage of British engineering, a tradition of original thought and craftsmanship, Lovair set out to create washroom fittings that are high quality and built to last. The Lovair Latherwash® trough has been known and trusted by both architects and contractors for almost a decade because of its high quality and ease of installation.

ONVO required washroom fittings branding specifically aimed at architects who specify education projects. High quality printed specification guides were designed and produced using high-quality, aqua inspired materials and print finishes.

We created a modern brand scheme with a subtle nod the early internet through simple grid systems and monospaced typography – green and white on a black background. To complement the look and feel we developed typed-text animation on the website’s homepage. The questions provide an alternate method of site navigation for architects who are not 100% of what system they require, with simple answers they are directed to products suited to their specification. In addition to the text animations we added a background colour selector (black or white) which completely reverses the colours scheme depending on your personal preference.

To complement the logo type we created a set of custom washroom symbols using styling from the various characters.

 

Transforming an old, dark and compact maths corridor – school environmental graphics with minimal expenditure.

We created a grid of digits and mathematical symbols, subtly revealing the words ‘Maths Department’ on the 13m wall at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, Halton. We achieved this by using a careful arrangement of heavier weighted characters. The school wall also exhibits a series of ‘maths in industry’ inspired images printed on to robust, raised acrylic panels, adding colourful environmental graphics to the space.

Hidden within the numbers and symbols on the wall are 5 important numbers and the names of 10 of the most significant mathematicians of all time. Can you find them?

 

Creating a Westminster School (London) brand identity

Platform is a programme created by Westminster School and Westminster Under School that inspires Year 5 pupils who show exceptional academic potential and energy for learning. The programme prepares them for the opportunities available at 11+, including the option of applying for selective state secondary schools, academies and bursary awards at independent schools. Primary school Head Teachers work in partnership with Platform to select pupils each year. The boys and girls then participate in a free one-year programme of Saturday morning sessions and a two-day course, to fuel their ambition and to allow their academic potential to flourish.

Westminster is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions and is the only ancient London school to occupy its original site, immediately next to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

Each year some 45% of pupils are accepted by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 50% choose courses to suit them at the country’s other leading universities and 5% (a growing number) take up places at universities in America. Westminster parents also choose the School for their sons and daughters (the Sixth Form is fully co-educational) for the astonishing range of opportunities beyond the classroom, for example in music, drama, debating and sport. Pupils are keen to look outward as well and to play their part in the life of the local community through a programme of civic engagement; and Westminster has close relationships with neighbouring state schools, both primary and secondary.

We were asked by the Westminster School brand strategy team to create a logo with lower case letters and a capital ‘F’. Having felt this may look odd we asked “why?”.  The team’s response was “we want to emphasise the word ‘form’ as it offers dual meanings: ‘performance’ and ‘class/set’.” Our solution was simple: elevate the word ‘form’ using a platform-like graphic element.

Brand colours and typeface selection strictly follow the Westminster School brand guidelines.

 

A Design & Specification Manual aimed at architects in the education sector.

BOYCO Classpack® and Classpack® are trademarks of BOYCO UK Limited. Classpack® brings together over 50 years of sector experience working with architects, designers and contractors to create a new and effective system that simplifies the design, specification and costing of fitted furniture in schools. This makes Classpack® the route of least resistance in the FF&E process and another BOYCO innovation that has been designed with their customers in mind.

Classpack® offers a truly diverse range of furniture, fittings & equipment for the learning and teaching environment, aimed specifically at architects. BOYCO Classpack® provide BIM models in both their native and IFC (2×3) formats and if required, can output data into specific CAFM schemas (Planon, Planet etc).

OCS Studio were approached by BOYCO to create the Classpack® brand in 2016 with the official launch planned for August 2017.

The selected design route utilises an isometric grid throughout graphics and across marketing communications literature including the stunning Design & Specification Manual. Minimal aesthetics and monochromatic branding place focus on wood textures and vibrant accent colour within the product ranges.

To align with BOYCO Classpack®’s business strategy and the promise of hi spec, quality materials for architects in the education sector, the case bound Classpack® Design and Specification Manual was designed to maintain these standards whilst providing architects with an introduction to the brand, products and services. The running isometric theme is evident throughout the book.

We were commissioned to create a selection of high quality case study images plus a range of photographs focussing on craftsmanship and BOYCO’s attention to detail within their manufacturing facilities. Our images, along with BOYCO’s own library are included within introductory areas of the book. Product pages display detailed isometric line drawings and are available within Classpack®’s BIM library, supplied to prospects on a micro, branded storage device along with a copy of the Design and Specification Manual.

View the Classpack® brand identity design case study.

 

Creating a brand for education sector architects.

In 2016, the Classpack® logo was designed by OCS Studio to help establish a visual style which appeals to architects specialising within the education sector.

BOYCO Classpack® and Classpack® are trademarks of BOYCO UK Limited. Classpack® brings together over 50 years of sector experience working with education sector architects, designers and contractors to create a new and effective system that simplifies the design, specification and costing of fitted furniture in schools. This makes Classpack® the route of least resistance in the FF&E process and another BOYCO innovation that has been designed with their customers in mind.

Classpack® offers a truly diverse range of furniture, fittings & equipment for the learning and teaching environment, aimed specifically at architects. BOYCO Classpack® provide BIM models in both their native and IFC (2×3) formats and if required, can output data into specific CAFM schemas (Planon, Planet etc).

OCS Studio were approached by BOYCO to create the Classpack® brand in 2016 with the official launch planned for August 2017.

The selected design route utilises an isometric grid theme seen throughout graphics and marketing communications literature. Minimal aesthetics and monochromatic branding help to place focus on wood textures and vibrant accent colours within the product ranges. The marque represents a letter C and inspired by design and the modular products solution. The monospaced house font helps to portray a both technical and modern feel to the branding.

View the Classpack Design and Specification Manual case study.

 

More work

Logo design and environmental branding for education.

The Jim Wilson Centre for Learning is a new research and study centre at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College in Halton, United Kingdom. The centre provides students access to valuable research and information within a vibrant, inspiring and purposeful space designed to enrich learning and promote independence, confidence and achievement.

Named after the College’s Chair of Governors Jim Wilson, the ‘Wilson Centre’ will also be a satellite hub for Halton Borough Library. All students and staff have been made members of the Library and will have access to their entire library and online catalogue. The College is the first and only school in the borough to have this exciting arrangement.

The brief was simple: create a brand identity and environmental branding for education, to enhanced the philosophy of the Centre and which could be used as environmental branding throughout the building. The adaptable ‘W’ marque utilises an array of textures and images to reflect the multitude of study subjects and resources available in the Wilson Centre. The logotype is a customised, modern, condensed face which is perfectly suited to environmental branding with messages strategically situated throughout the building.

Each area of the Centre carries it’s own colour scheme to help visitors identify the spaces with ease, all knitted together using consistent typographic styling. Positive messaging is used to inspire and encourage the students whilst adding a modern aesthetic to all areas of the building. The main corridor includes an anamorphic ‘W’ which appears in it’s correct form on entering the student access door, then distorting as approached.

 

School logo design, part of brand identity refinement for All Saints Catholic High School using an adaptation of the Chi-Rho Christogram combined with initials and two bees which are a local heritage symbol and represent a worker community.