We are a creative design practice that specialises in landscape interpretation, environmental design, graphic design and wildlife illustration.
All of our interpretive solutions start from the ground up. We begin with a concept sketch and work towards interpretation spaces and experiences that create a sense of place befitting the surrounding environment and our client’s aims.
We are based in Hexham, Northumberland, but work collaboratively throughout the UK with a particularly strong track record of work in Northumberland and Scotland.
I recently made a trip to Toulouse to see our friends in Empreinte Sign. They were the ones who made our Oban Tiles and we have just commissioned them to make two LAVASTONE panels and the steel interpretation lecterns to go with them.
The latest interpretation at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare has built on the existing interpretation we installed last year and includes audio, visual, smell and touch interpretation. This all adds to the mix of engaging activities that the education team run at the centre to help visitors understand and feel fully engage with their work of helping animal welfare.
We visits Arran once again this year and visited the interpretation signs we supplied last year. The project was to provide a range of signs that promote and illustrate the Arran Coastal Path.
We had a small part to play in the development of this memorial space for the Bradford Brothers in Witton Park. Our role was simply to produce a Zinc Etched Interpretation Plaque to be fitted to a stone plinth.
During the course of all my design work I use sketchbooks first - for everything. This allows me to have a real dialogue with my clients and myself in terms of the appropriateness of the solutions proposed.
In fact I have developed a real addiction to Moleskine Sketchbooks, Fountain Pens and watercolours.
The Bridge is called so as it is based on the Norse Rainbow Bridge connecting Earth to the realm of the Gods - Asgard. That bridge as in ours did not have a start or end as it was a place of mythical journey. In order to enter the bridge you have to pass the sculpture "Liberty" - this is a very loose representation of the guardsman of the bridge Heimdall. Liberty allows the visitor to leave behind something of the ordinary world and begin a journey to a special and very personal place.
These Durham City Homes interpretation panels involved community engagement in the form of working with local schools and heritage groups in order to create a set of interpretation that told the story of social housing in the post war period.
Differentia designs and manufactures a wide range of steel and wooden lecterns, signs, frames and structures to display interpretation panels. Typical products we produce are: Interpretation Panels, Way Markers, Finger Posts, General Signage and artistic landscape solutions including seating and sculptural work.
We work across the UK and collaborate with a wide variety of services including architects, landscape architects, writers, artists and story tellers.
Differentia also manages the manufacturing process of a range of interpretive products including metal lecterns, timber interpretation frames and lecterns, bronze cast interpretation discs, zinc etched tactile rubbing discs.
We oversee the production of a range of signage products including GRP, High Pressure Laminate, Ceramic and Stoneware, Zinc Etched Steel, Aluminium, Dibond and other signage materials. By overseeing the manufacturing process, we are able to maintain excellent quality control for our products and provide an efficient and effective service to clients.