Too Cool for School
The Challenge: The unique placement of bold colors in a large, open well-lit space.
To say it was an honor to work for the University of New Brunswick (UNB), is an understatement. I was contacted by the director of the Student Union building (SUB), Fredericton campus, to provide a color scheme reflective of the pride and integrity of the University. The interior had not been painted for several years; the space was tired and outdated. A color scheme seems like an easy task but it is not in a space that is so large and open with high ceilings, bulkheads and a generous amount of natural light as well as keeping in mind the purpose of the space. I had to work with the existing floor pattern and around the coloring of the treasured wall murals. The paint choices were the first aspect of the design, the placement of the colors was the second condition for the project. The official UNB colors of red and black were chosen as essential colors to reflect heritage and tradition and celebrate its roots. Accent colors were combined to provide harmony and support without detracting from the confidence reflected in the official colors. To replace the outdated wood and glass student information showcases, a bold black accent banner, wrapped around the corridor, was designed to display ongoing framed key student messages and provide a touch of interest. The SUB lobby now displays a sense of pride enclosed within a space reflective of their official University colors.