Blackstone Valley Prep, a public charter school in Rhode Island, hired architecture and design firm Arrowstreet to create colorful and engaging graphics to cover the walls of the school.
The design’s treatment of color is similar to Paula Scher’s work for Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in New York, but is largely unique in its type treatment. Relying on a different drop-cap style initial for each section, the design is unified by the use of the school’s two standard typefaces, the sans-serif Gibson and the serif Tiempos.
The overall concept features P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Enthusiasm); the school’s core set of principles. Oversized letters on colorful accent walls are paired with quotes chosen by members of the BVP community. Each letter is set in a different typeface to represent BVP’s diverse community of people and ideas. The graphics are strategically placed throughout the school to inspire and encourage staff and scholars each day.