We recently decorated Language Connect’s head office in Bermondsey Street with a creative design that reflects the company’s focus on languages.
Our brief was to create a unique, inspiring and colourful design based on different writing scripts. We put community involvement at the heart of the design process by advertising within local art colleges to find artists studying surface and interior design. During the search, we were blown away by the portfolios of two artists, Suzie and Roz. We invited them to our offices and gave them some examples of Arabic, Thai and Hindi writing scripts for inspiration. Suzie and Roz then went away to develop a colour scheme and some initial design ideas.
Those initial ideas evolved into 3-4 designs for a large mural featuring characters from the scripts we had shown them, Indian paisleys and other cultural motifs. We polled our staff on their favourite designs using Yammer, our internal social network. The winning design was then projected onto a main wall facing the majority of staff in our open-plan office. The design was painted on a Saturday with paints custom-made to match our company’s colour scheme. The rest of the office decoration was completed with a wave-like recurring pattern featuring several of the characters used in the mural painted around the entire office.
To see the results of our office design project please watch the video below:
About the artists
Rosalind Mundie is a freelance Illustrator and Designer. Her work is inspired by the animal kingdom in all its shapes and sizes. It is intricate, thoughtful and lends itself well to prints and patterns. Every image is hand-drawn and sharpened on the computer; for Roz, there is something missing from purely digital work. In 2010, she graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone (Dundee University) and was short-listed the same year for Puffin’s student prize.
Rosalind’s Blog: thoughtsonamonday.blogspot.com
Website: www.rosalindmundie.com (to be launched soon)
Suzie Scott is a London based surface designer and illustrator, who recently graduated from the surface design course at the London College of communication. Her work explores the themes beauty and identity and can come in many different forms including print for fashion, editorial illustration and wall murals. Suzie’s work is bright fun and always colourful.
More examples of Suzie’s work can be found on her blog.
Suzie’s Blog: www.suziescott.blogspot.com.