Interpretive Design

Designing interpretive panels is a very specialised field. They need to be attractive and engaging and contain just the right level of information to visitors - enough to spark their interest and help them go away with a better understanding of the significance of the site but not be too long-winded or wordy.  Well chosen graphics and illustrations with captivating headings, good captions and concise explanations are generally the best way to go. Visitors can be directed to web sites or other publications to find additional information when they want it.

Many of our clients have their own design facilities and wish to supply us with finished artwork, ready to print.  Others might prefer just to supply text and illustrations and ask us to design the panel layout for them.  Then there are those who would like us to develop the whole thing, through concept and research to providing original  content and illustrations.  We are able to produce original illustrations and mapping where necessary (click here for information).  In essence, we are happy to take on projects from whatever stage the client feels they could benefit from our help.

There are two basic approaches to producing interpretation for particular locations. One is to provide an overview of the whole site, as might be suitable at access points for trails, car parking areas or in the centre of a village. These might often need to include a map with bullet points for the things to look out for.  These installations can be quite high profile, perhaps in upright format, with a header board or mounted in a canopied shelter, so that they can be seen from a distance.

 

For trails or on larger sites where there may be a number of diverse topics to be covered, it is generally better to have a series of smaller boards, each covering a particular point of interest.  These can generally be more discreet in style, perhaps in lectern format or using our signal post signs.

Below are just a very few examples of the many hundreds of interpretive panels we have designed over the years.

Sunart Oak Woods
Sunart Oak Woods

One of a whole range of panels we designed for this project, on nature, history, culture, landscape etc.

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St Cuthbert's Way
St Cuthbert's Way

A long distance footpath in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland

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Towton Battlefield
Towton Battlefield

One of a set for the battlefield trail

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The People's Wood
The People's Wood

A community woodland in Bearsted

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Asfordby Wildflower Meadow
Asfordby Wildflower Meadow

Using illustrations by local schoolhildren

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Tweed Valley Ospreys
Tweed Valley Ospreys

Panel explaining fishing techniques

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South Tyneside Heritage Trail
South Tyneside Heritage Trail

One of 32 different panels we designed

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Broughty Ferry
Broughty Ferry

Beach information board

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Carlisle Park
Carlisle Park

Morpeth

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North American Wildlife
North American Wildlife

One of the zones in the Curraghs Wildlife Park

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Ponteland Park
Ponteland Park

Wildlife

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Kittiwake Panel
Kittiwake Panel

Dunbar

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Map Panel
Map Panel

For Kailzie

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Community Orchard
Community Orchard

One of a series produced for Stockport Borough Council

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Crosscanonby
Crosscanonby

On the Cumbrian Coast

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Mammals
Mammals

Part of a visitor centre display

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The Black Steed
The Black Steed

Telling the story of a local legend

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The Mouth of the River Tyne
The Mouth of the River Tyne

Part of South Tyneside Heritage Trail

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Newport Station
Newport Station

On the south side of the Tay Bridge

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European Lynx
European Lynx

Conservation panel

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Towton Battlefield
Towton Battlefield

An overview of the site

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Blacka Moor
Blacka Moor

A Sheffield Wildlife Trust nature reserve

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Clan Mackenzie
Clan Mackenzie
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Celtic Culture Panel
Celtic Culture Panel
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Wildlife Panel
Wildlife Panel
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Darrick Wood
Darrick Wood

One of a series of boards designed for the London Borough of Bromley

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Den-o-Mains Panel
Den-o-Mains Panel

A nature reserve in Dundee

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Bird feeder Panel
Bird feeder Panel
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Earls Path
Earls Path

One of a series of boards designed for locations around Epping Forest

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British Indian Ocean Territories
British Indian Ocean Territories

A series of panels produced for a conservation project

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