The Pancake Parlour Website

Posted 19.02.2014

We recently re-launched the website for our long time client The Pancake Parlour in collaboration with the talented development team at Efront. The Pancake Parlour required a new and refreshed digital strategy with a strong focus on marketing social media content and creating a connection between their in-store and online experiences.

In response we created a website which has truly brought The Pancake Parlours static identity to life, through the development of parallax animations in conjunction with real time social media updates. The website has created a customer driven interface, through the ability to interact and add content of their unique Pancake Parlour experiences.

Monash University Wayfinding

Posted 09.01.2014

Büro North have been working closely with Monash University over the last 18 months to develop a wayfinding system that supports their new master plan. The wayfinding system actively promotes higher quality pedestrian environments by connecting the campus to its urban realm, modifying internal circulation patterns and introducing intuitive building numbering.

Utilizing the university motto of ‘Ancora Imparo' or ‘I am still learning’ along with key values of Growth, Development and Progress, our design solution leverages the upturned triangle from the university crest to morph, develop, progress and bind larger and stronger forms. Using the triangle as the key design driver also allows us to develop a completely modular and scale-able solution to roll out over the coming 24 months.

Our solution points the way forward for Monash University as it undergoes a new direction and significant cultural change.

Mildura Riverfront

Posted 12.12.2013

Buro North are very excited to have recently been engaged to work on the wayfinding strategy and signage design for the exciting new riverfront development in Mildura.

We will be working together with Lateral Projects and the design team to help redefine the riverfront image and create a vibrant and engaging recreational hub for both the local community and visitors. The site will celebrate the stories of Mildura and provide an important interface with both historical and living Indigenous cultures, creating a new sense of place and meaningful social change through design. We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected for this incredible project and look forward to being a part of the exciting development and transformation of Mildura.

Optimising Health Environments Forum

Posted 09.12.2013

Last week Finn had the opportunity to speak at the Optimising Health Environments Forum held at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Finn was among nine individuals from the fields of research and design, from as far afield as Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Finland and Sweden, who were invited to speak at the inaugural event. A broad range of subjects were discussed, but all focused on work relating to the understanding of environmental enrichment and healing environments.

The forum provided an opportunity for leaders in a range of related fields to engage in a free flowing discourse in subjects ranging from ‘Environmental enrichment and experience-dependent plasticity in mouse models of brain disorders’ (Anthony Hannan The Florey Institute of Neuroscience) and ‘Mental Health and 'Music as an enriching activity’ (Teppo Särkämö, University of Helsinki & Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research).

For his part, Finn presented Büro North’s experiences in developing ‘Audit methodologies to measure navigational behavior in healthcare environments’, using the testing undertaken for the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) during Operational Readiness in 2011 as a case study. The testing involved 40 test subjects and provided both qualitative and quantitative data relating to the enhanced user experience within the new Royal Children’s Hospital.

Many thanks to Julie Bernhardt and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health for the invitation and putting on a great event.

Sign Design Society Award

Posted 09.12.2013

We are very happy to have recently received a commendation in the International Sign Design Society Awards 2013 held in London.

The Wayfinding in Public Spaces Award, for our contribution on The Royal Children’s Hospital design solution, was presented for recognition of the way in which different formats, shapes and environmental graphics were used to ensure constant interest for users and a highly successful outcome.

The Awards celebrate the best work undertaken across a range of signage disciplines, ranging from city wayfinding strategies and office environments to airports and shopping centres. The competition aims to increase the awareness of the industry and demonstrate the importance and relevance of design within the built environment.

We are honoured to have received this internationally-recognized Award in the company of such a large array of inspiring and exciting projects from around the world.

Melbourne Design Award Winners

Posted 25.10.2013

“Tomorrow is the result of yesterday’s courage. That is why we celebrate courage.” Mark Bergin, Creative Director, Melbourne Design Awards

The conversation and drinks flowed freely as the design industry celebrated the 2013 Melbourne Design Awards on Wednesday evening. Held at one of Melbourne’s newest rooftop venues, Aer Bar, the night aimed to recognise the courage, creativity and diversity of the work by design professionals and commissioners over the past twelve months.

Buro North are very pleased to be the recipients of the 2013 Wayfinding Award, for the RMIT Swanston Academic Building project. The award celebrates creative and innovative design in the ways people orient themselves in a physical space, and navigate from place to place.

Buro North worked closely with Lyons Architects to create a world class solution for the signage and wayfinding for the RMIT Swanston Academic Building in Melbourne’s CBD. The design provides an effective, organic and functional system to guide people around the unique spaces within the building. For further details about the project click here..

Melbourne Central installation

Posted 24.10.2013

The Melbourne Central shopping complex is one of the city’s major hubs and Buro North has been working closely with GPT Group to develop a new Wayfinding strategy for the centre, transforming it from an inwards-focussed precinct strategy to one that focusses on the site as a major city thoroughfare. The key has been to connect Melbourne Central to its surrounding landmarks – universities, public transport, public destinations – and create a strong integration with the CBD network.

By looking closely at how users treat the space, the strategy has been developed to address the user’s needs more accurately by promoting ease of movement, connectivity to retail spaces, increased retail activity and circulation through the centre.

The design solution has been created to be responsive and sympathetic to its context, with materials drawn from the architectural fabric. The aesthetics of the signage have been considered so that they comfortably exist within, and apart from the retail context. The first few signage pieces have been installed and are looking remarkable.

MDA Awards

Posted 07.10.2013

We have received the exciting news that our wayfinding work on the RMIT SAB and the environmental graphics for Melbourne Central Menzies Alley and Dining Precinct have both been shortlisted as finalists in this years Melbourne Design Awards.

For the finals, winners are selected by the public and industry peers. Voting closes on the 15th of October, so vote, tweet and share away by clicking through the above links.

Create Awards 2013

Posted 04.10.2013

Buro North has been shortlisted in the 2013 Create Awards for our work on RMIT SAB, the Royal Children’s Hospital and 77/85 Castlereigh Street. The Create Awards (presented by Desktop Magazine) celebrates Australia’s world class creative industry by awarding exceptional talent in a variety of creative fields, including wayfinding signage.

The finalist will be announced on Friday November 1st at The Ivy in Sydney. Good luck to all those who have been shortlisted…

Welcome Steph…

Posted 20.09.2013

We are very pleased to welcome Stephanie Mulder to Buro North, Steph has extensive experience in the design industry, having worked on and project managed large and small scale projects across a range of disciplines including corporate identity, publication design, exhibition design, environmental signage, web interface and app design.

Stephanie has worked on a number of key exhibition and interpretation projects throughout Australia and overseas. This experience has enabled her to develop a high level of knowledge and understanding of the complex processes involved in the interpretation of environmental and cultural information and integrating design within natural or built environments. Some clients Stephanie has worked with include Melbourne Zoo, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Museum, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, K.W.Doggett Fine Paper, Hobson’s Bay City Council, Melbourne Aquarium, Manningham City Council, City of Yarra Council, Troppo Architects, Taylor Cullity Lethlean Landscape Architects, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Parks Victoria.