I was recommended for a commission to design a window graphic in the reception area of School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds as part of their refurbishment. The windows are incredibly large and in a prominent area and are south facing so the intensity of light was important. Full design coverage was needed but the light still had to pass through the material and so the level of opacity had to be considered.
The window graphic had to represent the Schools’ taught subjects, high level of research, links with industry – so their past, present and future vision. I researched the Schools’ history, interviewed academics and technicians, undertook photo shoots and began to understand the phenomenal research work carried out at the school, which continues to impact the industry.
The image had to have depth, so people could revisit the image and see other things they hadn’t seen before as this would be seen by every visitor, staff member and student visiting the school. I was conscious it had to reflect the history, the present and the future. The design was approved, printed and materials tested and finally installed in August and immediately boarded up for protection until the construction has finished.
Below are some of the photographs of the reception area and window – before and after, and the full graphic – it looks brilliant and certainly has an impact when you walk in. There is a depth and talking with a few people yesterday they keep returning to see new elements in the design they hadn’t seen before!
This project has been exciting, incredibly interesting to learn of the wide range and depth of research undertaken at the School and to design a window graphic that will stand the test of time and be there to inspire future generations is a privilege.