In 2018, Dundee Contemporary Arts were nearing a milestone anniversary. The internationally renowned centre for contemporary arts required new signs.
Amongst many improvements to the building, a new signage system was implemented. This required various sign making methods such as hand lettering, vinyl lettering, printed graphics and steel letters. My experience in a wide variety of sign making techniques and materials, helped me to devise durable and cost efficient ways to create all of the signs.
We used traditional signwriting techniques to hand letter exterior walls. Large patterns were produced to transfer the scaled artwork onto these surfaces. We used access equipment to reach the high parts and worked closely with painters on site. Each wall sign was coated twice to ensure that the paint had a deep opacity.
Aluminium trays and acrylic panels were used for interior wayfinding signs. High performance vinyl films were also applied to every area inside. Including additional stairwell panels flooded in matt vinyl.
CNC router cut steel and aluminium letters, were fixed to the exterior wall and main entrance door. All of the cut out steel and aluminium letters were sprayed and finished in matt white. All visible fixings were hidden to achieve a simple and stylish installation.
The entire replacement and additional signage programme lasted several weeks. I liaised with the design consultants and staff at DCA regularly whilst working flexible hours. This helped minimise disruption to the busy centre.
All signage artwork created by Goodd Design Consultancy.