An opportunity to have your say on the design in the new National Innovation Centre for Ageing building.
In November 2019, NICA (National Innovation Centre for Ageing) will move into its purpose built home, The Catalyst, at Newcastle Helix. We will be co-locating with the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD). The aim from the start of the building project has been for the building to be inclusive by design. Insights from VOICE members have previously helped to inform the design, interior finishes and furniture selection. Now we are asking for your input on the signage and would be grateful for yours thoughts, specifically on icons being used to indicate the different spaces.
The interior design company on the project, Design North, have suggested a suite of icons which indicate the activity taking place in the different spaces. Icons assist non-English speakers, the visually impaired, and people with dementia. They must be familiar and easily identifiable. Icons will be on the room signs as below, and potentially also used for directional signage. The aim is that these are engaging and professional, whilst also making sure they are easily understood.
Please can you take some time to look through the icons below and choose which you think best indicate the spaces they represent? There are 7 questions in total to vote on. Please also use the discussion area at the bottom of the page for any additional comments on the icons.
The polls will be open until Monday 17th June, you can vote for your favourite option any time until then.
To vote for your preferred option, click on the circle next to the option you would like to vote for and click the 'Vote' button for each question.
Some spaces do not have the commonly used icons the restrooms have. Which of these signs (if any) indicate the activity most appropriately?
This is a room with a large one-way mirror for observation. It's where members of the public can be observed, with their consent, testing new products or taking part in market research.
These are areas to be used for breaks during events or workshops, informal group discussions and waiting areas before events begin.
VOICE members previously flagged the importance of audio assistance for way-finding. As part of our response to this, we have ensured that lifts in the building can give verbal prompts on each floor. We would like to know whether you feel this should be the standard announcement which tells you which floor you are on e.g. 'Ground Floor', or give more detail e.g. 'Ground Floor - Café, Workshop and Theatre.'