Information Design

From a complete audit of national transport networks to rethinking and designing single mode icons, we make information accessible. Across the UK, by rail, bus, tram and on foot, we help passengers get to where they want to be.

Key story

National Express Coaches

Helping people get to their destinations on public transport, with minimal stress and maximum support, depends on cleverly designed customer information – whether it’s take away printed items, static on-site signage or maps. We are experts at making customer information instantly understandable and determining what is needed at the different points of the customer journey

In customers’ footsteps

National Express coaches got in touch with us to help with their customer information and review all their customer touchpoints.

In order to truly understand their customer’s perspective, we immersed ourselves in the experience. In fact, before we undertake any project to review customer information, we ride the trains, coaches, buses, trams or boats that make up our client’s network. We book journeys and find our way from place to place using the customer information available. We talk to staff and other passengers, record the anecdotes, and photograph everything.

For National Express, like our other clients, this gave us a first-hand insight into the customer’s viewpoint. We turned the evidence into a large ‘scrapbook style’ book, which told the story for our clients and their stakeholders to truly get the picture. This is the best way to start, and the process uncovered many previously unknown issues. Our 160-page findings report for National Express identified the good, the bad and the ugly – and helped them prioritise their projects and budgets for years to come.

We collated and evaluated existing National Express takeaway products

A key part of the project was interviewing station managers and support teams

Sample pages from the 160 page final report

Standardising for simplicity

Armed with this extensive knowledge, we were able to confidently identify where quick wins could be made, and start to scope the requirements for longer-term projects. One of our first challenges was to redesign the complicated ‘stops posters’. Each stop would have its own unique poster but soon after being printed and installed they were out of date, due to frequent route changes. The level of detail on them also meant they were hard to read.

Our solution was to move towards a standardised poster, which was clear and accessible. It would not go out of date as it directed passengers towards the many ‘live’ information sources both online and on the phone.

User journeys were created to help form the needs of different passengers; including: first-time passengers, frequent travellers or those with accessibility concerns

Informed information help us evaluate and design exisitng information like this stop timetable. 1. The exisitng poster 2. Redesign focussed around key information 3. Stripped back on brand design with purely key infomation and links to online content in detail

Timetable suite redesign

Our next challenge was to redesign the suite of almost 100 coach timetables. The covers of the old suite carried little information, so when racked it was difficult for hurried passengers to select the right one.

We redesigned the information and created and new suite. While consistent in format these could be easily identified thanks to the hierarchy of cover information. What’s more, we designed them with a consistent column structure to bring down production timescales and cost.

The final National Express coach timetables on display

Working with the Marketing and Communications team at National Express (and their employees across the UK) have allowed us to demonstrate the importance of how concise, streamlined information design can communicate effectively.

The Demographik team were keen to get their sleeves rolled up and out on our network to get a clear view of the customer experience and the reality of traveling in the UK by coach. This attention to detail along with a collaborative, supportive style made them a pleasure to work with and I’d be happy to recommend them for similar projects.

Jeremy Booker
Marketing Manager, Communications

Further to National Express, we have worked on information design projects for many other clients in varying sectors, including Transport for London, BAA Heathrow, Toyota, Marsh, Thomas Miller, Catlin XL, and CIOB. Continue to Further stories to see examples of these projects.

Information design services:

  • Information audit
  • Customer experience review
  • Staff and customer interviews
  • Brand review
  • Usability review and redesign
  • Photographic report
  • Findings document
  • Information rationalisation
  • Customer journey mapping
  • Touch point analysis
  • Infographics, pictograms and icons
  • Form and chart design
  • Timetable design
  • Ticketing review and redesign
  • Competition review and comparison
  • Mapping
  • Production/process review

Further stories

TFL Tram

A strategic information review and design overhaul improving the passenger experience on South West London’s Tramlink.

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TFL Works and Closures

Comprehensive guidelines and templates for creation of service disruption materials.

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Travel South Yorkshire

Review and redesign of passenger information across the network.

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BAA Heathrow

Creating a range of new pictograms for Heathrow Airport.

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Toyota

Design of the user interface and icons for system delivering digitised car repair manuals.

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Further Information Design

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