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WHAT IF no 24: KIRKDALE GHOST SIGNS


Kirkdale has two distinct areas separated by a long residential area. Many people don’t know the top part is still part of Kirkdale.

Could this grey wall could be put to better use?

KIRKDALE JH SKINCARE before

But what if:

KIRKDALE JH SKINCARE after

Well, we did. The above is a visual. This is the finished sign:

KIRKDALE SIGN 2 (JH)

And here is the signwriter, Peter O’Connor lovingly applying his craft.
PETER OCONNOR SIGNWRITING KIRKDALE

The full story can be found HERE.

Local reaction to the signs can be found HERE.

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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.

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WHAT IF no 15: HOUSE OF LINENS


We popped into ‘House of Linens’ a little while ago to get a few bits and pieces (we are going eco and are now fixing old clothes and buying ‘vintage’) and met the very friendly owner. He was talking about Billings so we told them about the What if Sydenham Project.

He looked all excited and rushed us outside to look at this sign which he wants to redo. We have been really busy and the few times we have had chance to pop by we haven’t seen him in the store. So before we show them what we have come up with I thought it best to get some feedback on this.

So here goes:

What if:

OPTION 1a

More sophistcated colours, the ‘stitched’ logo is on a raised enamel panel (about £400) on a wooden background with Vinyl applied lettering in gloss to make them look as if they are hand painted. The security grill and door etc have been painted to match the sign.

We aren’t sure when the business started trading in Sydenham but it’s been here a long time and the owners wanted to communicate this, hence the ‘trading since ’92’.

OPTION 1b

Or we could add an awning and raise the sign above. The awning costs about £1300.

OPTION 2

The sign is based on a fabric swatch with the turned corner in a shocking pink to catch the eye. Again the design is retro with a twist and uses more sophisticated colours.

So which one feels the most like a small, family run, haberdashery that has been trading locally for many many years?

If you comment please say if you use House of Linens.

For more feedback visit the Sydenham Forum or VIrtual Norwood.

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BILLINGS IN THE PRESS


This was in the South London Press in July 2010.

It’s the second time we have been featured in the newspaper. Good publicity for Amo, the owner, and us.

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WHAT IF no13: BILLINGS


BILLINGS is a new fishmonger and butchers arriving in the high street soon in the old shoe repair shop and keycutters . Hmmm, I never did understand why shoes and keys went together. Anyway…

This is what the shop looks like now.

But what if:


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WHAT IF no12: THE CINEMA IN CRYSTAL PALACE…


This is what the cinema currently looks (we took a few liberties by photoshopping out the cars and people walking by). It’s a very busy road.

BEFORE:

BUT WHAT IF…


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LEWISHAM DO HAVE GUIDELINES FOR SHOP FRONTS


http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/Environment/Planning/PlanningPolicy/LocalDevelopmentFramework/ShopFrontDesignGuide.htm

And they are good!
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WHAT IF no9: MUSTI’S PART DEUX


This is a sketch (the shapes and pig need refining but you get the idea) for Mustis new sign now that he has his new shop front. We we able to go inside the shop before it was renovated and it has the original ceiling roses from the original light fittings above the false ceiling and the original wooden floor that started in  the middle of the front window where the original door would have been. unfortunately the floor is now concreted over. It would have been great to have revealed the original features in the refit but hopefully they are untouched and safely covered by a new false ceiling.

We have looked at Musti’s before and it generated some interest (it’s how we got to meet the man himself, and what a nice guy he turned out to be).

So here is the latest…complete with pig.

BEFORE

Musti's, as it is today.

Musti's, as it is today.

But what if…

I drew the pig rather quickly, it's just a rough. Needs some polish...

I drew the pig rather quickly, it's just a rough. Needs some polish...

It is possible to put graphics on roller shutters. I’m not a huge fan of them normally.

So what do you think?

WIS.

Some good feedback for this one the Sydenham Forum:

http://alturl.com/qufd

IF YOU LIKE THIS, PLEASE TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT!

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WHAT IF no8: OUR EMPTY SHOPS LOOKED LIKE THIS


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:

SAD, DEPRESSING, BORING, UNLOVED

SAD, DEPRESSING, BORING, UNLOVED

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:

POSITIVE, PRETTIER, UNIQUE TO THE AREA

POSITIVE, PRETTIER, UNIQUE TO THE AREA


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WHAT IF no7: LADY METROS BECOMES GIFT BOX


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:

The shop without a face

The shop without a face

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…

And how it could look

And how it could look


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WHAT IF no6: KENTE COFFEE SHOP


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:

Kente before makeover.

Kente before makeover.

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:

TRAVELPOSTERS

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:

Stage 1

Stage 1

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!
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WHAT IF no5: The HSBC became a Thai Restaurant


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…

THE HSBC 2009

THE HSBC 2009

Becomes something like this…

THAIPADHSBCAFTER

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.

MORE FEEDBACK CAN BE FOUND ON THE SYDENHAM FORUM

WHAT IF no4: REGAL DOORS


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 Empty Regal doors shop near Kent House road with it's unlovely sign.

The Empty Regal doors shop near Kent House road with it's unlovely sign.

Becomes

Then new shop after 1 hour 15 minutes design and visualizing.

Apologies for the rough visual!

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WHAT IF no3: MUSTI’S


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:

Musti's, as it is today.

Musti's, as it is today.

Becomes

The new version, same shop frontage, just a bit of paint, new awning and sign.

The new version, same shop frontage, just a bit of paint, new awning and sign.

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.

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WHAT IF: no2 the chemists


Could the old Chemists one of the few remaining original shopfronts in Sydenham change from this:

Before

Before

Into something like this:

A bit of photoshop and 35 minutes later

A bit of photoshop and 35 minutes later

THIS HAS BEEN WIDELY DISCUSSED HERE AND IS NOW THE KENTE COFFEE SHOP WHICH IS EXCELLENT. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER WHAT IF:

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WHAT IF: no1 the ‘nabourhood’ centre


This is my first ‘what if’.

I may do more if it’s well received and who knows, perhaps the council will take notice.

The Nabourhood centre (this is it’s current name,  I’m not renaming it for this, I know it’s an odd name and many people hate it!)

What if the Nabourhod centre (this is what it currently looks like)…

May 2009

May 2009

…was painted and had a bit of TASTEFUL signage so people actually know what it is!. Is it that difficult or expensive to do? Some nice proper phone boxes would be nice in such a prominent location, remove the damaged and tired railings etc.

Costs between £2000-3500

Costs between £2000-3500

And perhaps it’s worth changing the net curtains in the window. How about some fresh different coloured vertical blinds to bring a bit of colour to the high street?

Added blinds in different colours.

Added blinds in different colours.


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