The Film Mill have posted on the Sydenham Forum about bringing a community based Cinema to Sydenham.
What a brilliant idea. See more here.
What do you think? And where would it be?
What did you say on the survey?
High streets are important, both for community and for place. They help define an area as being more than a collection of homes, but over time many they have lost their way, and yet shopping malls wouldn’t be around today if it wasn’t for the high street.
This is the winning artwork that will appear on the rear wall of the Greyhound Pub. It is an image of a Greyhound made up of images of Sydenham. TO MAKE IT WORK WE NEED YOUR IMAGES.
You’ll need to submit the images by the 8th of October 2012 to: email@example.com
You’ll need to fill in this disclaimer online, please don’t forget to do this before submitting your images:
The Greyhound Pub in Sydenham has been empty for a few years and is now being developed. A competition has been run to add some public art to the rear wall of the pub. There were 60 entries in total. Our entry
Please note, this isn’t the final design, it’s still a work in progress.
We found out on Monday evening that we won. We are very excited by this and will keep you all updated as to the progress.
THE GREYHOUND & SYDENHAM IN PIXELS:
Each tile is one pixel. Each pixel is one image supplied by the people of Sydenham. They will be images of people, historical figures, illustrations, art, places, family photo’s, events photos, etc.
All the images together will make up the image of the greyhound seen below, which is based on historical images of the sign for The Greyhound pub.
When you get close you get to see the detail and the individual pixels, from a distance (3-5 m, the width of the passageway should give you a good view of the whole image) you see the greyhound.
The idea is to give people a sense of ownership and pride in Sydenham, to celebrate the present, past and future. Everyone who participates will have their name in a plaque shown on the right that also shows the history of
The windows can be covered with the same see through window film they use on London Buses to continue the tiles across the glass.
We have also designed a hanging pub sign for the back of the pub.
This image is a visual and doesn’t not contain the final images. These are yet to be collected.
Many thanks to our Intern, Sandra for all her hard work on this.
We will be collecting images for the wall about Sydenham. They can be of local art, family photo’s, history, famous people, old pictures, places around sydenham and events etc. We will include the other entries into the competition into the design so they will all be on the wall.
Each image will have to be square, 10cm x 10cm at 350dpi.
More details about how and where to send your images to follow shortly.
There is some feedback to the competition on the Sydenham Forum, which, despite the initial review has been incredibly positive.
This use to be a carpet shop.
Then, a number of years ago, it opened as the Pukka Bar, an upmarket indian restaurant. It had a refit that cost £250,000 but really opened in Sydenham about a year early before the gastro pub and cafes opened. It lasted 6 months (the place inside is vast). The interior refit is of a very high quality and remains. The pub that took over from the Pukka bar doesn’t.
A simple printed hoarding. The door would be indicated by the dotted line.
Obviously this is a transferable design. Whoever is taking over the property can announce it on the stamp on the front of the box.
This is another idea for the empty buildings by Sydenham Station that currently look like this:
But what if:
The vending machines etc would be working which would add a bit of interaction to a building that hasn’t interacted with the public for years. The backboard would be made of planks, hidden doors could be made if access to the building is needed. The type is signwritten on the wood except the sign at the top which would be individually cut letters.
It could easily be adapted to other sites, to different types of shops and be a lot of fun.
See also the previous version
We totally support this… & we are in it.
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The What If Sydenham project has gained a fair amount of exposure around the world since we started it a few years ago. Aside from the Sydenham Forum where we have posted all of the What If Projects, it’s appeared all over the internet.
In short, no. We don’t think they are.
Like everyone we have been shocked by the riots in London. Images of both young and old ripping shops apart have been shocking. Designed by Good People have many friends who own or live above shops. We can’t imagine the fear that shop owners must have had about their lively hoods and safety.
Today the government has announced that they are allowing shops to install security shutters and bypass planning regulations.
This will have a significant effect on our local high streets making them look like high security industrial estates at night and may be counter productive to the local economy.
In Sydenham the only shop that was looted (to our knowledge) was Cost Cutter. They had a security shutter.
It appears as if, across London, security shutters did very little to save shops from damage and looting. They were often just ripped from the side rails.
Continue reading ‘ARE SECURITY SHUTTERS THE WAY FORWARD?’
We love old pictures of high streets.
The shop fronts were well designed and looked like they belonged to the building. Most shops had awnings. Typography and signage was well designed and crafted by people who worked long apprenticeships to learn their trade. Often these people lived locally and this helped to give an area a particular look, a local distinction.
These days many shop fronts are installed without much thought to the building or the locality with the view that standing out, being different and shouting as loudly as possible is a good thing.
If everyone shouts you can’t hear anything.
We think we have something to learn from the past. That doesn’t mean make something look old. We mean make something look well designed. Fit for the area. Make the area look distinctive in it’s own right rather than making it look like it could be from anywhere. High streets are a supermarket under many roofs. They should feel cohesive as a whole rather than individual shops fighting one another. They need to work together.
Designed by Good People started the What If Project a few years ago. It’s helped raise the profile of shop front design and we are embarking on our second actual makeover soon. Hopefully the next chapter is about to open. Hopefully there will be exciting times ahead. Hopefully we can make a difference.
Fresh and Fruity are linked to Billings (What if No 13) as they are Amo’s parents. Infact without their help, and the help of Annabel and Tim from the Sydenham society Billings may never have happened.
Since then we have been incredibly busy and the What If Project has taken a back seat, despite lots of local businesses asking for their makeovers. Unfortunately we have to pay the bills as we fit these in when we can!
We have been promising this for a while, so I though I’d post it here, get some feedback before presenting onto them. It’s been a while in the making!
This is what the shop looks like now:
Empty shops are a blight on any high street (although sales of window polish go up).
W.I.S. Thinks that owners of empty shops should be forced to ensure that they are presented in an acceptable way. It’s a great opportunity to have art displayed, local history, or as in the case of this ad, history AND an advertisement. Everyone seems to hate those triangular boards stuck above shops saying ‘shop to let’.
The old curtain shop currently looks like this:
So how can we take something that is a blight on the high street and turn it into something positive?
What if it looked like this:
|I don’t know much about this new store except it sells gifts.
I guess most people know very little about it as it doesn’t have a sign. When the shutters are shut it doesn’t even look like it’s a business.
This is what it currently looks like:
I presume that once this was once one shop. I think it would be wise to live in harmony with Desire next door and make the sign one colour. Otherwise it’s a bit like those houses that try too hard to be different from their neighbours and you get a drainpipe painted in two different colours.
One other pet hate of mine are roller shutters that completely cover the front of the shop. They make high streets look like prisons. But you can turn a negative into an advantage by painting it.
So a shop without a sign becomes giftbox…
Kente is a great little coffee shop in the high street. We are lucky that we now have a few good places to go (although I wish some were open late!).
When I posted the original Deli what if it caused quite a lot of debate which led to calls for Kente to change it’s sign.
This is what Kente looks like at the moment:
It’s blue and yellow signage look more appropriate for estate agents sign that sits above the shop.
Look inside Kente and you will find old travel posters like these:
The lights inside have an art deco feel to them.
So I’ve picked up on some of these visual cues with the type. Colours are warm and inviting golds and reds on a roasted brown background which are colours more associated with coffee. Look at coffee packaging and a majority of it uses browns, blacks, reds and golds/yellows.
The sign would be better on wood rather than the shiny plastic background currently used.
Which could look something like this:
|Colours are adjusted (background of sign is very dark ‘roasted brown’), logo is gold with deep rich red-ish brown type for kente. Type is adapted from some type on old travel posters, hand drawn bespoke for this, it’s not just a font!
Continue reading ‘WHAT IF no6: KENTE COFFEE SHOP’
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of seeing such a prominent building lay disused for so long.
I don’t know if its possible to open it as a food outlet. We have a few places to eat in the evening, but compared to some places it’ is a bit limited.
I love a good Thai, and generally I go to them in central London. The Thai restaurant near where I used to live in New Cross was incredibly busy, so what if this…
Becomes something like this…
One other thing, in the background you may notice the wall has an old advertising sign for Cobbs corner on it on the new picture. What if we could ‘recreate’ some of these old painted ad/murals around Sydenham for businesses past and/or present.
Someone recently was asking about bike shops on the Sydenham Forum.
Cycling is on the increase and there are loads of cycle routes around here. Having been out on a bike recently I was amazed how many cyclists there are around here.
But Sydenham currently has no bike shop.
So what if…
The idea of these what if’s is to show what even a little bit of design can do. I set myself an hour max to do each one and will do one version at least with the same shop front.
So this is Musti’s turn.
I loved Musti’s.
I’m really looking forward to them reopening. But why oh why, as everyone calls it Musti’s, was the shop named the pound plus store? I always kept going in the wrong store!
So what if:
The work on this includes painting the metal work and surround a really dark blue, a new awning and simple new signage on a flat painted (not plastic) wooden background. The shopfront is unchanged and I haven’t changed what is in the window display (they are still smoke damaged goods in the visual!).
One last thing, if the large sign was removed, I’m sure you would find the original signage underneath. With a little more investment and possibly new shopfront it could be really special and a real local treasure.