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.
This is the end of a two year process of design and various stages of interpretation ideas. The brief originally came to us with the desire to create a series of hubs using cut through corten steel. However, we felt that this treatment was a little unsympathetic to the project aims so we created a completely new design. The hubs came from the notion of a pit wheel within which we introduced the stories of the landscape setting for each hub. Thus the story is in steel. There supporting interpretation panel puts flesh on the boss of these stories. The spinning zinc etched discs and coloured resin introduce a fun element allowing for the interpretation to appeal to a wide ranging audience including children.
Redhall Estate is in Darlington and is surrounded by countryside and increasing development. The Redhall Nature reserve on site is full of grassland species such as six-spot burnet moths and butterflies of all kinds.
New simple signage system installed in Bishop Auckland.
New GRP interpretation panels for Whitehaven town centre.
Moleskine Nature sketchbook recording my everyday walks with Jess.
The Allen Valley is a place of wonder and industrial heritage - sitting just below the surface. Cold and windswept often but glorious always. So working here has been a great inspiration and the interpretation panels we have installed are now looking wonderful in this landscape.
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.
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.