Kate Pettitt Graphic Design

United Kingdom - Yorkshire and the Humber

Profile description

Kate Pettitt is a designer from York, UK, and has over 20 years of design industry experience. She has worked on jobs throughout the UK for clients such as English Heritage, Trinity House, The National Trust, Leeds Castle, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Heritage Lottery Fund and more. Please see website for further details.

HMS Caroline Graphic Interpretation

Client: Petrichor, for the National Museum of the Royal Navy
Role: Graphic interpretation

We’ve recently completed work on Phase II  in the interpretation of HMS Caroline, for the lovely folk at Petrichor. The exhibition,  housed in the Titanic Pump House, Belfast Docks, was opened to the public this month.

It tells the story of Caroline and her people, her arrival into Belfast, her life after the War, her slow decline and her recent restoration.

Bivouac designed all 2D graphics within the exhibition and for the Dockside panels, working closely with Petrichor to bring the stories to life for visitors.

HMS Caroline is a finalist in the 2018 National Lottery Heritage Awards.

All photos © NMRN and Jef Maytom

Mount Grace Priory interpretation

Client: English Heritage
Role: (Design-only contract) Concept design | Graphic interpretation | Leaflet design | Graphic design management | Illustration commissioning

Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens sits at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in North Yorkshire where the Carthusian priory sits alongside Arts and Crafts gardens. Its grounds are also home to a famous stoat colony.

The Arts and Crafts gardens have recently been renovated under the direction of Chris Beardshaw, and the reconstructed monk’s cell garden has also received a makeover, being faithfully re-planted using extensive research of medieval herbs and gardens.

Our scheme includes a family Explorer Pack to encourage exploration, play and communication around the priory, orchard and gardens. Internal and external interpretation panels, hand-held interpretive boards, seasonal garden leaflets, blackboards and Sammy the Stoat disks to spot on benches around the grounds are light touch interpretive additions that enhance the experience for visitors of all ages.

Bivouac commissioned Nick Ellwood to complete the scheme with his sensitive and characterful illustrations.

Images © English Heritage and mockup contains image © Shutterstock

Hadrian's Cavalry branding, literature and exhibitions

lient: Northumberland National Park
Role: Branding | Marketing literature design | Advertising design | Guidebook design | Graphic interpretation | Graphic design management | Illustration

Brand design

Hadrian’s Cavalry is an internationally important series of events and exhibitions taking place at ten different venues along Hadrian’s Wall from Easter to September 2017. The exhibitions showcase rare and beautiful Roman cavalry artefacts and helmets from around Europe, highlighting the role of the cavalry along the Wall. The events include Turma! – the largest Roman re-enactment event ever to take place in the UK.

Bivouac was commissioned by Minerva Heritage (working with Nigel Mills Heritage on behalf of Northumberland National Park) to design the branding, and then the marketing literature and advertising (print, digital and external), as well as designing a character and interactive panel  aimed at children and families, to be used at the Tall Ships event.

In a separate contract, we worked with Leach Studio to design the graphics and infographics for the ten exhibitions taking place at Senhouse Roman Museum, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, The Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda, Housesteads Roman Fort, Chesters Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town, Great North Museum: Hancock, Arbaia Roman Fort and Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum.

Images © Leach and Kate Pettitt

Downloadable Walking Guides

Bivouac was contracted by Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership to design a suite of downloadable walking guides. The first guide for the 53-mile Nidderdale Way has just been completed.

The guide includes an introduction to the area and the walk, and four stages of the circular walk. Each stage takes the form of a map, walk instructions and points of interest.

Bivouac designed a base map that could be adapted for each of the stages and created a 12-page brochure that could be downloaded in full or in part, depending on how you are wanting to undertake the walk.

The guide also includes a Directory of places to stay on the route, showcasing the region’s many tourist destinations and facilities.

The design was an exercise in simplification of data into an attractive, usable and practical guide that can be displayed in TICs or downloaded at home.

Bivouac is currently designing a series of smaller Short Walk guides to complete the Nidderdale set.

“You have taken a complicated set of information that we needed to get across and applied great design to it, resulting in a really clear, easy to use, yet comprehensive guide.”

The Bar Convent, York

Bivouac has designed the graphics for the Bar Convent’s new Living Heritage Centre in York – the UK’s oldest living convent. The convent is very much a living community. The Sisters live and work there, there is a beautiful Chapel, there is a vibrant and newly refurbished hotel, conference facilities, a cafe, a shop and of course, the exhibition. Hidden from view for centuries, to protect itself and its work, the building has recently received considerable investment for refurbishment and is now opening its doors to new visitors.

The exhibition tells stories of secrecy, spies, courage and resilience across the centuries, centering around Yorkshire-born Mary Ward and the education of women. Mary’s work continues to this day through the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus throughout the world. Spread over two floors and four rooms, it uses vibrant colour, bold structures and modern technology to inspire and engage modern audiences.

We commissioned illustrator, Nick Ellwood, to create a number of sensitive and imaginative illustrations to liven up the exhibition where photos and images did not exist. He worked closely with historians and the Sisters to illustrate Mary Ward crossing the Alps on foot, a mysterious pedlar priest, a little girl attending the Bar Convent school for the first time with her trunk bursting open, and a beautiful illustrated architectural timeline.

We commissioned contemporary calligrapher, Kirsten Burke, to create artistic quotations, in a hand developed and inspired by Mary Ward’s own handwriting. Mary’s voice speaks and echoes throughout the exhibition.

We worked closely with the interpretive planner and 3D design team to create a scheme that communicates its messages and works seamlessly with the structures and flow of the spaces.

“Not only were Bivouac a joy to work with, they brought a wealth of experience and creativity into our project. They were professional, thoroughly considered in their proposals and delivered outstanding work with exceptional attention to detail.” General Manager, The Bar Convent

The project was led by Leach Inspire. Images © Leach, The Bar Convent and Nick Ellwood. Thank you!