Co-op Academy

Walkden

An In-Depth look at my Environmental Graphics for Co-op Academy Walkden High School.
Visual Identity, Environmental Graphics,
Interior Design
Stimulate the Brain
Proposal 1
 
For my first proposal, I wanted to make a more educational design that can benefit the students not only from highlighting their progression, but also by keeping their brains active even when they aren’t in lessons.  I’ve been researching into different ways to stimulate the brain. High school is a place for learning and critical thinking, so it makes sense to create a design that makes the pupils think.
Students walk up and down the staircase all day, so I thought that this is a great opportunity to give them some quickfire questions to get the brain going. The staircase is filled with Maths equations relative to the curriculum. As you go up the timeline, the questions get harder.
The questions have been extracted from various Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 worksheets. The typeface used is CMU Serif, the official typeface for Maths that is used on exam papers. This is to get the students subconsciously used to the formatting of equations so they feel more comfortable when they see them on the final exam.
The green background colour has a double meaning. Green is the colour of core zone, so the pupils will automatically connect the staircase and the timeline to Maths. Green is also the ‘Do What Matters Most’ Way of Being colour. When the students are critically thinking, problem solving and learning all at the same time, they are definitely doing what matters most.
The timeline in the foreground is designed into a single line that has many connotations. At first glance it represents a heartbeat that constantly runs up the staircase. But moreover, it represents a graph, more specifically a tan/cos graph that is commonly used in Maths. The graph runs all the way up the staircase, with each point on the timeline being represented by a bigger line every time the staircase goes on an angle.
The atrium is filled with different careers inspiration in the same formatting as the timeline. Every career you could possibly think of is somewhere in this design, making the possibilities for the pupils endless and meaning it will be constant inspiration.
The pillars are again filled with the responses from Year 7’s. Each pillar has the same information on it because the amount of responses I managed to get was limited. If we get the chance to offer the opportunity to the rest of the pupils to look back in 5 years at what their aspirations were, the responses would look great on the rest of the pillars.
Staircase 3
Top Floor
The atrium is filled with different careers inspiration in the same formatting as the timeline. Every career you could possibly think of is somewhere in this design, making the possibilities for the pupils endless and meaning it will be constant inspiration.
The pillars are again filled with the responses from Year 7’s. Each pillar has the same information on it because the amount of responses I managed to get was limited. If we get the chance to offer the opportunity to the rest of the pupils to look back in 5 years at what their aspirations were, the responses would look great on the rest of the pillars.
Stimulate the Brain
Staircase 1
Between Bottom and Middle Floor
Staircase 2
Middle Floor
Between Middle and Top Floor
Atrium 1
Atrium 2
Stimulate the Brain
Staircase 1
Between Bottom and Middle Floor
Write your Future
Proposal 2
The second proposal focuses on symbolism in design. It’s illustration based and encourages the students to keep pushing through their journey.
A high school should be a place where the pupils look forward to attending and look forward to their futures. I wanted to create a vibrant environment that makes the students want to be inside the building.
I wanted to create a building that is constantly inspiring the students and celebrating their progression.  I designed the main staircase into a timeline of high school, highlighting the different key moments the pupils will progress through.
The colour scheme is vibrant. I opted for a rainbow to show support for the LGBTQ+ community, and to at the same time make the school as bright as possible. All of these colours have been adopted from our brand identity colour scheme.
The lines in the design symbolise the students. Each coloured line is made up of 30 lines, equalling 300 lines altogether. There make up 10 larger lines which symbolise the 10 forms all of the pupils are put into at the start of their journey.
The lines crossing over symbolise the journey of high school. It isn’t as simple as a straight road progressing through the stages, every pupil’s story intertwines but in the end everyone has a very different future ahead of them.
The lines are made up of key personality traits the pupils will learn along the way. The typography in the background is made up of inspirational academic vocabulary.
Each key point on the timeline is shown in white text. This is so the key stages are easy to point out, and the pupils can keep track of where they’re up to in their journey and what is coming up in the future every time they use the staircase.
The top floor is the final stretch of the journey. No one knows what the future holds behind the door, but the journey the pupils have been through and the key personality traits they have learned on the way will benefit them greatly.
Staircase 2
Middle Floor
Between Middle and Top Floor
Atrium 1
Staircase 3
Top Floor
The atrium is where the students spend most of their free time whilst in the building. I filled the panels with hundreds of career inspirations. Pupils will constantly be seeing new interesting careers and will be inspired to research into them.
I collaborated with the Year 7’s and asked them to do a worksheet about what their aspirations are for the future. Their responses make up with typography in the background of the designs. I wanted to give the Year 7’s the opportunity to look back at the end of their high school journey to see if they achieved what they set out to do.
 
Atrium 2
Reach for the Stars
Proposal 3
 
My next proposal was focused solely on making a nice design that brightened up the school and make it more ‘Co-opy’. Being a part of the Co-op has a lot of benefits that I’ve already highlighted in my board designs. I wanted to create an environment that embraces the Co-op and their culture.
The main concept for this design is bubbles. Each staircase consists of 300 bubbles that represent each student. They symbolise the idea of reaching for the stars, because when you’re in high school the sky is the limit.
The main colour of this design is Co-op blue. It can symbolise both the sky and water, which is why it was perfect for the concept. Some of the larger bubbles also use refractions that are the Ways of Being colours.
The bubbles are all made up of a variety of words. The bigger bubbles symbolise the key points on the timeline that the students go through. The smaller bubbles consist of key personality traits, and others consist of academic words.
A lot of the bubbles have light reflections on them, that are made of stars. These symbolise the Walkden Stars, which every pupil should be aspiring to be.
Staircase 2
Staircase 3
Top Floor
Once again I filled the panels around the atrium with different careers inspiration. Although this design has less careers on, they are a lot clearer in this design, with the main groups being more visible.
The Year 7’s collaborative answers have been used again on the aspirations pillars. In this concept they are the main focus, and can be read a lot clearer. You can also see how the colour scheme makes the atrium look like it is a part of the Co-op.
Stimulate the Brain
Staircase 1
Between Bottom and Middle Floor
Middle Floor
Between Middle and Top Floor
Atrium 1
Atrium 2

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