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21 Sep

This project has involved many different contributors each with their own skills, from the communities who shared their ideas and visual concepts, to the preparation of the wall by plasterer Chris Brand, and the manufacture of the signs themselves by Bensons.

One vital skill brought to the process was the draughtsmanship of the designers. Illustrator Chris Rodenhurst (better known as Sketchybeast) and recent  LJMU design graduate Becky Jones worked their socks off rendering peoples’ visual ideas as vector road signs.

Besides the hardwork in drawing images in illustrator, the job entails a an aptitude for observation. Never underestimate the details to which a designer will work – their quest for perfection is obsessive at times. Is that line too thick? Is the nettle leaf “nettley” enough? How signy should this sign look? Do we want a moorhens footprint or just its foot?

But it is this details which brings the signs to life.  So a special thanks to Chris and Becky! You make the best nettles and the perfect Spaceman.