The Environment

The true story behind some of the shiny finishes we have been creating in modern times and their eco- friendly alternatives.
Wayfinding

Wayfinding

The importance of signage Where am I? Signage and wayfinding is fundamental to the way we operate. Whether as a passenger on the London Underground, a driver speeding along the Californian freeways, finding the right concourse at international airports—whether it be in Seoul, Beijing, Paris or New York or navigating through 2m square feet of retail/entertainment space in the mixed-use environment of Dubai Festival City, Signage and wayfinding is critical to us getting from A to B with ease and on schedule. One is guided through, and to one's destination with seeming ease by the artistic talents of various creatives—…
A brief tutorial in Titanium Ion Plating

A brief tutorial in Titanium Ion Plating

What possibly you never thought you'd need to know, a fascinating insight. Titanium is a popular metal as it is very strong, non-corrosive and lightweight. Another positive is the fact it doesn’t cause skin irritation or discolour, making titanium the perfect solution for a wide number of modern uses. Titanium was discovered in the 18th century – the ore is obtained from minerals ilmenite and rutile, and titanium appears at number nine in the list of most abundant elements in the Earth’s crust. Titanium grown by the iodide, or crystal bar, process Ion plating is a PVD process that uses…
The hot zinc spraying process

The hot zinc spraying process

An explanation of the processes used in working with the natural mineral, zinc. Mined zinc Zinc's excellent corrosion resistance has led to it being used as a protective coating on many products, able to win the battle with all weather extremities. Zinc has the remarkable ability to form thick, adherent corrosion by-products. This super resilience leads to a rate of corrosion considerably lower than similar metals – it can be10 to 100 times slower, depending on the harshness of the environment. Hot dip galvanizing, a method of coating steel, iron or aluminium with zinc to protect it against the elements,…