The COVID pandemic has been a terrible situation for everybody to deal with. None more so than in primary schools. During lockdown I was commissioned to design some safety signage which would help our primary school children engage with the idea of social distancing.
I wanted the designs to help the children feel less anxious by making the designs colourful and playful.
My start point was how spatial awareness is learned as a child. Children learn spatial awareness by putting their arms out. I’m sure many of us remember running around pretending to be aeroplanes or seagulls!
The Angel of the North and the Rio statue (Christ the Redeemer) also kept appearing in my mind. It is a religious type of stance, but also a very human stance.
“Think safe space” was designed to reflect the bubble analogy which the government has used a lot and also as a reminder that we are not only keeping ourselves safe but everyone else too.
The hand washing motif was designed to point out the importance of hand washing to the children and that it is possible to protect themselves by washing the virus off of their hands.
The signs are being manufactured and sold by Viking Signs, Grantham.