Having installed Thistle Street, Thomson now sees the possible application for her design across other wards and hospitals: “The environment of the hospital is so mixed – the maternity ward might be next to the dementia ward – the energy walking through each ward is completely different, so each series of graphics could be designed to tailor to each ward’s need.”

But Vital Arts didn’t stop there, as it commissioned another design for another ward. Jessica Hook and Florence Meunier’s scheme for Tayberry Ward at Newham brings the outside in. Initially working individually on schemes inspired by bus routes and the local area, the design grew as the two decided to collaborate, to include St Pauls and various other more famous London landmarks.

While such collaborative projects are focused on delivering successful outcomes for the client, they also reciprocate impact by shaping the experience of the young designers. The Newham Hospital project is a perfect example, since graduating in 2015 both Hook and Thomson have continued to work on socially engaged projects in the charity sector.

Hook in particular credits the project for her future direction. Straight out of College she worked for a start-up online marketplace for products and services for people with dementia and now works for CLIC Sargent, a cancer charity for the young.

It was such a different project – we were used to print or digital. But this was an actual installation, a bit removed from what we might typically think of as graphic design…It really helped me get into social design. I’m sure I wouldn’t be in my current position without the Newham Hospital project.