Archive for the '2. OPINION What we think, what we agree with' Category

WHAT IF SYDENHAM HAD A CINEMA


Image of the amazing Electric Cinema in Portabello Road


The Film Mill have posted on the Sydenham Forum about bringing a community based Cinema to Sydenham.

What a brilliant idea. See more here.

They have a survey, please have a look.

What do you think? And where would it be?

What did you say on the survey?

WHAT CAN HIGH STREETS LEARN FROM SHOPPING MALLS?


LEEDS MALL

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.

View original post 3,503 more words

‘JILL’ POP UP SHOP


JILL SIGN
Saturday saw the launch of the pop up shops in Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill.

We have been helping with the design of the signage, all of which was done on a shoestring budget. The letters came to £145 fixed onto a marine ply backboard and then painted black. As will all shops, it has the number (it drives us mad when shops don’t do this!).

This is the ‘Jill’ hub (originally there were to be 3 ‘hubs’, we suggested they be called Tom, Dick & Harry, but when three became two they changed to Jack & Jill… with Jack further up the hill in Forest Hill).

This is the before:
JILL BEFORE (match)

This is the design visual:
JILL SHOP AFTER

This is the installed sign:
JILL AFTER (finished)
(there is still a bit of painting to do!)

There is a lot going on in Forest Hill and Sydenham at the moment. Check out www.see3.co.uk for more details.

The Jill sign was installed by Rushworth Carpentry

FOREST HILL, SYDENHAM & KIRKDALE MARY PORTAS VIDEO


We totally support this… & we are in it.

Please support the bid by liking the video on You Tube.

SECURITY SHUTTERS DON’T HAVE TO BE UGLY


In the light of David Camerons announcement about making it easier for shops to install high security roller shutters, we thought we would highlight the possibilities this offers our high streets.

Rather than making our high streets look like industrial security zones like this:
Continue reading ‘SECURITY SHUTTERS DON’T HAVE TO BE UGLY’

ARE SECURITY SHUTTERS THE WAY FORWARD?


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?’

THE WAY WE WERE


From Lewisham Libraries archives

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.

It isn’t.

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.

Designedbygoodpeople.com


Archives

Good People tweet