Cors Dyfi Reserve and Osprey Observatory

Project: The Dyfi Osprey Project

Job: Graphics & Illustration for the Dyfi reserve and Observatory, Wales

Client: WWT Consulting (www.wwtconsulting.co.uk) for the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Brief: Produce fun, engaging, fully illustrated artwork for interpretation along the new boardwork, in the exsisting bird hide and internal graphics for the new 360 Observatory. Also entrance signage and orientation. Accomodating both Welsh and English in the designs effectively.

Left: The process started with a fully illustrated proposel for how we saw the interpretive graphics looking, including an idea of illustrative style through to proposed materials for the signage structures, these included weathered oak and locally sourced slate. Artistic impressions are a useful way of testing how concepts will work in the final location.

Below: Small teardrop shaped panels embedded into oak posts subtly add bit-sized chucks of information.

Above: Digital collage was the main illustration style used throughout the graphics, and where possible the illustration formed the main background for all the information.

Left: As a way to minimse large signs along the boardwalk, we came up with the idea of using sign posts that combined directions, wildlife information, and in this case a piece of local, hand etched slate that can be used to make rubbings from.

Above: White Board

Right: These are some samples of the internal graphics created for the new 360 observatory. They were printed directly to 18mm Birch ply substrate. Some of the inks were printed as a semi-transparent layer to allow the ply grain to show through. 

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