About This Live Project

Sheffield Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up and owned by Sheffield City Council to manage council housing in Sheffield. As our client, Sheffield Homes offered us a list of potential project briefs for us to choose from, all of which deal with important issues and concerns regarding the current council housing stock in Sheffield. Our group decided to embark upon developing innovative solutions to address the important issue of waste disposal in flatted council estates. Our hope is that our efforts can offer strong design initiatives on the topic whilst creating awareness and incentive on the importance of recycling and proper disposal of household waste.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Symbols and Colour and Direction - Oh my!

Following our visit to the Lansdowne council flat estate, I began to consider the issue of visual monotony apparent when walking between blocks. This becomes more so apparent when you notice that objects such as the typical bright blue Paper/Cardboard recycling dumpster become strong objects of the foreground (see below).
After a brief consultation with the estate waste collection workers, we learned that these bins are in fact frequently used - despite our initial suspicions.

Therefore I
hypothesised a likely connection between strong colours and symbols and how our brains make connections between the two -instinctively over time. This could potentially lead to exploiting means of offering directional clues, some subtle or perhaps full on, to allow for easy navigation to a new systems/bins for recycling/waste disposal (see below).

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