Georges Zigrand's Blog

Don’t loose your way

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Further to my recent design & customisation project of the new bus shelter for the city of Luxembourg I have been asked to develop a graphic charta & system to integrate the city wide bus network into the existing Luxembourg city map. The political aim was to make the complex bus network more user-friendly and comprehensive for visitors that are not familiar with the network, thereby encouraging the use of public transport.

Together with the AVL (Luxembourg-city bus services) & graphic design company Monopolka we have developed a graphic charta with very constraint rules & guidelines to make both network and city map work well together.

As a base the city wanted to use a topographically accurate map (based on the local ordnance survey type map) as its used by all internal services and is updated automatically when changes are made anywhere within the city. Based on that system and with our graphic manual they are free to update their public transport map internally, without relying on external contractors and without disabling rights-of-use for the map.

Last but not least, unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to re-design the bus network diagram on the top left corner of the first image below. Something that has been of much debate in recent weeks in Luxembourg… But hey, it’s never too late.

 

Hartlepool shows the way

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Very robust and beautifully simple coastal path signage between Hartlepool Headland and Crimdon Dene, North East England

Fair games

Just finished a signage & wayfinding project for the Olympic Games of the Small Nations of Europe, held in Luxembourg this year. Very refreshing to work on a fast and short term project for a change. In collaboration with Luxembourg based Designbureau. Client: Comité Olympique et Sportif Luxembourgeois

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Pondicherry shows the way

Signage in Pondicherry, India
Some years ago I took this photo in the city of Pondicherry, India. Amazingly low-tech this hand-painted and sculptural road sign shows the way, also by its expressive and truly functional shape. Love it!

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Posted in Branding by zigideluxe on 06/10/2011

1952 tourist map of Luxembourg

This is the map on the reverse of the 1952 brochure. Great wood carving style graphics, great colours, great graphic treatment of our neighbouring countries!
The tourist attractions in the 50’s seem overwhelmingly to centre around outdoor activities like walking, kayaking and hunting… all of that surrounded by deep woods and medieval castles. I can’t help thinking that this is still our most valued tourist capital (minus hunting), certainly in terms of branding & positioning. Whilst promoting the country as a shopping or contemporary arts destination still has some way to go we should cherish, cultivate and promote the real gems that are unique to Luxembourg.

Graphic designer: Pe’l Schlechter

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Schiphol airport signage

Posted in Signage & environmental graphics by zigideluxe on 31/03/2010

It doesn’t take much and you would miss your plane if you wouldn’t have this information. Even so, it is amazing to see how many airports don’t include the required walking time to get to the gate.

Making our cities more child friendly

Posted in Signage & environmental graphics by zigideluxe on 31/03/2010

Brussels pedestrian crossing. Another example of the low budget yet convincing Belgian way.

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