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Memphis River Parks Partnership

Contributed by Ciarán Crawley on Oct 30th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Memphis River Parks Partnership 1
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The new branding of Memphis River Parks is successful in its use of GT Haptik Black. The quirky typeface matches OCD’s colourful palette and succeeds in creating interesting signage in what may be otherwise mundane locations.

    From OCD’s case study:

    The new concept plan turned previously fragmented public property into one connected riverfront. The icon is a mini-map of the new configuration. It captures the six-mile River Line running through the five park districts: Greenbelt, Mud Island, Fourth Bluff, Big River and MLK.

    The icon was driven by that tricky switchback at the hip of the path. That hitch informed type selection; Grilli Type’s GT Haptik had a particularly evocative R. And then the arches of the Hernando de Soto Bridge, the swirl of the river and the curve of Beale Street Landing informed the layout of the system. […]

    No two signs are the same. The pieces are color-coded by district.

    Design Partners: Jennifer Kinon, Bobby C. Martin Jr.
    Designers: Hanah Ho, Talia Cotton
    Signage: Andrew Freeman
    Signage Photos: Bob Bayne

    Memphis River Parks Partnership 2
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.
    “Way-finding totems are commonly placed where paths intersect, or where the path/orientation is not immediately clear.” — OCD
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Way-finding totems are commonly placed where paths intersect, or where the path/orientation is not immediately clear.” — OCD

    “Way-finding totems are commonly placed where paths intersect, or where the path/orientation is not immediately clear.” — OCD
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.

    “… and ankle height garden signs are placed to reinforce that you’re on the right path.” — OCD

    Memphis River Parks Partnership 5
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Memphis River Parks Partnership 6
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.
    “Way-finding totems are commonly placed where paths intersect, or where the path/orientation is not immediately clear.” — OCD
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.

    On the website, GT Haptik is used in Black, Bold, and Medium weights, with its less eccentric stylistic alternates. It’s paired with Lora for text (not pictured).

    Memphis River Parks Partnership 8
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Memphis River Parks Partnership 9
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Memphis River Parks Partnership 10
    Source: https://originalchampionsofdesign.com The Original Champions of Design. License: All Rights Reserved.

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