Boiler House Identity

Boiler House is a community workshop located within a disused central-heating unit on a housing estate in Moss Side, Manchester. The identity explores industrial themes and form through playful typographic intervention and illustrated iconography.

All elements come together in a set of templates that allow the workshop to easily create their own digital and printed matter. Icons can be used separately or in combinations to visually sum up the themes of a workshop without the need for photography.

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To give a recognisable aesthetic we created a bold, condensed headline typeface that is inspired by remnants of industrial signage found around the city. The letters have then been exaggerated to give a tall pipe-like character, with rounded connections that soften the forms.

The typeface exists exclusively as uppercase so that it always maintains a strong presence on any output from the workshop.

Heavy linework is also used throughout the identity to build an easy structure for content and to provide a visual link to the network of piping that is found around the site.