Everyone’s a Critic: The results are in!


Everyone’s a Critic

Elbowroom Design is happy to announce the grand-prize winner of our first-ever photo contest, “Everyone’s a Critic.” This contest was open to all residents of all cities worldwide. Over 600 people viewed the rules on our site alone, and at least 600 more visitors are estimated, thanks to the free publicity from blogger Alan Houser. After two months, we’ve narrowed it down to one winning submission.

It is with great pride that we present Mr. Steven Masuch of Victoria, BC, with his analysis of the University of Victoria’s directional signage. Steve has earned himself a free copy of “The Designer’s Complete Index” by Jim Krause, an essential resource for any Graphic Designer. This boxed set features over 1,900 colour illustrations spread within the pages of 3 vinvl-bound paperbacks, all snugly fitting inside a metal carrying case. Valued at approximately $70 CDN, Steve is in for hours of design inspiration.

Bad Design: UVic Signage system

Guest contribution by Steve Masuch
Winner of Elbowruminations’ “Everyone’s a Critic” design scavenger hunt
February 2007
Steve Masuch reviews UVic’s campus signage

The University of Victoria is the third-largest university in British Columbia, with 15,000 students and hundreds of daily visitors. Unfortunately, the maps and signs for directing people around campus aren’t up to the task. The few maps that are displayed around campus are cluttered, confusing, and even falling apart. The signposts aren’t very clear, and usually only list one or two buildings that are right nearby. It’s common to have visitors, or even fourth-year students, ask where on-campus some buildings are. UVic needs better and simpler signs to make it easier to get around it’s decentralized and sprawling campus.