Facade signage

Attach wayfinding flags to the facade
Author: Esther Bentvelsen, Grafikdesignerin, Amsterdam, Netherlands, [email protected]

My conceptual project:

When I was charged with designing the signage for the 2012 Gerrit Rietveld Graduation Show, I had the idea of using fabric flags for that purpose. I wanted to hang them up on the facades of the Rietveld and the Crouwel buildings, so people could see from afar where which departments were located.

Flag design:

Each of the wayfinding flags showed a certain letter for direction. All flags were blue and white to highlight the common bond of the two buildings. If there were two different departments on the same floor, I separated them visually by reversing the letter and flag colours.

Attaching the flags:

On the Rietveld building I could use magnets to attach the flags (due to the aluminium coating on the Crouwel building I had to find an alternative). 6 people mounted the flags within a day. Thanks to the sewn-in block magnets Q-20-04-03-N (5 per flag) the flags could easily be attached to the Rietveld building. The magnets were strong enough to hold up the flags for 9 days, even during bad weather.

Stairwell banner:

In addition to the smaller flags on the facades of the two buildings, I hung up a huge banner in the stairwell of the Rietveld building. Although it was 22 long, 10 block magnets Q-20-04-03-N were sufficient to hold it up. This banner was also an orientation guide for visitors.

Note from the supermagnete team:
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