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Morley Newlands Mural Brief Development and Final Outcomes


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Brief: Design an educational racetrack design, around 1m wide, for Morley Newlands Primary School.

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The track should form an oval or rectangular shape on the floor, using an archway as the centre of the track. The dimension of the space are 8m in length, 2m in width.


Research/ inspiration:


Wanted keep my designs simple and engaging, encouraging imaginative play. I tried to consider narrative as an approach as well as existing floor games; baring in mind that if successful I would have to paint it- so limited colour palettes and size and space appropriate!

Enjoyed working to a bigger scale and while they didn't ask for anything other than the floor design in the brief I wanted to use it as an opportunity to explore spaces and environments and I sort of just went with it.

Found the brief surprisingly quick and simple, using bright colours, games and elements of competition. This inspired my ‘station’ idea, creating a ’ticket office’ that left a lot to the imagination. I thought this could help battle some social/ technology issues often found amongst todays children concerning conversing with each other and face to face communication.

As a rough proposal design I felt using my Wacom and Kyle Websters Photoshop brushes was the most efficient and effective way of conveying my ideas and colours with a professional finish.


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Submitted supporting statement: I have attempted to keep my designs simple and colourful so that they are clear and engaging for the use of the younger members of the school aged 3-6. The idea was to make the most of the space available in order to encourage imaginative play. The race track and rail track will loop around the centre which I have added a small amount of detail to also. I applied the same idea to the track designs while including details such as the ‘hopscotch’ lake and tortoise to contrast the speedier track design, inspiring narrative. A lot of my work focuses on encouraging children to interact with their surroundings and particularly wildlife so the back piece is intended to inspire the children to want to go and explore beyond their usual boundaries.

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