Nature Discovery

Client

  • Manchester Museum, UK
  • Permanent gallery 2009 - 2014

Background

Counting, collecting and observing - the study of nature is brought to life in 'Nature Discovery', a colourful gallery space, aimed at under 7s and their carers. Filled with specifically devised activities to support key skill developments and with a focus on shared learning, Nature Discovery comprises three mini-worlds, each representing a different type of landscape.

Briefed to create the visual design scheme for each of the three worlds; Owlwood, Flowermeadow and Oceandeep, fun, quirky, vivid and distinctive yet cohesive were key objectives.

Solution

Inspired by an eclectic mix of contemporary Japanese animation and nordic mid-century design, the graphic scheme solution is big, bold and colourful, mixing nature inspired patterns and graphics. Towering trees, featuring a bespoke 'bark' surface pattern line the entrance to Owlwood with dramatic effect; bright skies, rainbow beams and flowers greet visitors and bring Flowermeadow to life; and water and bubble inspired wall graphics lead you under the sea to Oceandeep.

Combining original hand rendered illustrations and supergraphics with digital processes, the final illustrations were produced as direct to surface prints to various substrates including wood, plastic and cut vinyl. The illustrative scheme was also carried through to other elements in the form of illustrated typography for two poems and the centrally located 'Nature Discovery' signpost.


All website imagery copyright © sarah crossland design. Except images 3,7,12 & 13 © Steve Devine and images 4 & 6 © CPS. All rights reserved.
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