based in hexham, northumberland, differentia designs interpretation for outdoor spaces including interpretation panels, interpretive structures, seats and signs.

A couple of years ago I was commissioned to produce a range of interpretation panels for a remote Scottish Island off Mull. The panels included community engagement and consideration for a sensitive landscape.

This project was funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and a number of smaller bodies. The requirement was to produce 12 panels and 2 bronze panoramas. This project was approached in a very flexible and open manner, in that once I visited the island and got a feel for the place, I was able to hold a public meeting and address the issues raised with an informed opinion.

The project brief has been expanded to allow for the provision of around 14 panels placed onto slate plinths – which have been constructed by the local community using local materials. Alongside these panels will be a set of 12 bronze engraved discs so that children visiting the island can collect a set of rubbings of images such as birds, dolphins, mermaids etc.

The materials I used were GRP produced by BSG Signs in Scotland – I was keen to keep as much of the work in Scotland as possible. The environment was quite a tricky one in that the light is intense on the West Coast as well as the storms being a potential for damage. The panels – 3 years later – are still as vibrant as they were when they were installed.


Big Tiles for Oban

Big Tiles for Oban

Fossil Tree Interpretation Panel and Plinth

Fossil Tree Interpretation Panel and Plinth