University of Derby

These photographs were taken in April 2013 during a research fieldwork visit to the University of Derby.

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The University library has recently been redeveloped on the ground and lower floors with a traffic light system of guidance for students.

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I was taken with these pendant light fittings as they are not the usual fluorescent tubes found in most libraries.

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These glass partitions help to create zones within the library, as there were restrictions on building separate spaces internally

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In fact the challenge was in creating a silent study area in an open plan space. Hence the traffic light colour scheme to signify the type of activity for students.

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I questioned the use of so much red as it arguably signifies a short stay for people, perhaps some evaluation would be interesting to see if students have any views on such a vivid colours scheme in what is probably a long stay area. I did wonder if the design of the carrels was actually quite useful as once sat in the desk your eyeline is narrowed down to the screen in front.

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Power in the seats is always good to see.

 

 

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Apart from the red behind this area, I found this calming and natural colour design to be quite thoughtful

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These images were taken on the lower ground floor of the social learning area for students

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The librarian told me that some dyslexic students found these screens to be problematic and I could sympathise with that, as the horizontal patterning was quite busy and could be distracting.

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