Students team up with a design firm to create stimulating signs This series features six schools which have successfully participated in the Joinedupdesignforschools project. In this project, the brainchild of The Sorrell Foundation, pupils have the major say in how an aspect of their school’s environment is improved. The pupils are the clients, briefing designers who produce designs for their approval.

Joinedupdesignforschools follows a four-stage pattern:

The Challenge
The Brief
The Conversation
The Concept.

In many cases, and in all six of those featured in this series, money has been found to make the new designs become a reality. This, the fifth stage, is The Follow-Up.

A client team of students from Summerhill School in Birmingham worked with the design firm GTF to create a signage system for the school’s new building. As a result of the conversation, GTF came up with big stencilled signs, colour-coded for subject, telling students where they were in the school.

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