Walk this way

Abbott Miller designs a fresh system of signage and wayfinding for the Centro Roberto Garza Sada arts centre at the University of Monterrey in Mexico.

From the Series

Abbott Miller’s clean, crisp and sleek signage, wayfinding and environmental graphics for the Centro Roberto Garza Sada (CRGS)a new arts centre at the University of Monterrey complements the buildings raw concrete structure.

Pentagram’s Miller has added a contemporary element to an otherwise rustic building in northeast Mexico. The renowned graphic designer’s signage for the university makes use of pristine white lettering, glossy white signage discs and glassy prisms, a material and visual counterpoint to the rough grey off-shutter concrete walls of the building. 

The family of signage consists of discs in various sizes that point students in the direction of desired faculties or student facilities around the university campus. Miller further designed alternatives to the multiple-sized discs to fully integrate the signage with the architecture. In some instances lettering is pin-mounted directly onto the walls, and for the studio workspaces oversized numbers are silkscreened directly on walls. 

Typography is carefully composed against the empty white space of the pure geometric shapes and complements each individual disc. Miller opted for the typeface Fakt a refined, a highly functional, easily legible sans serif font designed by Thomas Thiemich.

The Centro Roberto Garza Sada building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando