Blynk Create Unique First Impression For The School of Design

When the School Of Design at the University Of Leeds wanted to install a striking visual centrepiece for their campus home they turned to Blynk for the perfect hi-tech solution.

Founded in 1874 the school has an enviable reputation as one of the world’s leading design and textile institutions, offering degree courses in fashion design, textile design, graphic and communication design, art and design, design and technology management and textile technology. Their main home is the Clothworkers’ South Building within the University of Leeds campus, erected by The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers of the City of London, and it was in the building’s main entrance that the school wanted to install a dramatic visual focal point.

As part of the consultancy process Blynk arranged a demonstration of a large multi-screen array at their headquarters in Bradford, which highlighted the real potential of modern digital signage and subsequently influenced the school’s choice of installation. The result is a vivid multi-element installation which dominates the entrance space, providing the physical delivery system for an almost limitless choice of digital media. It consists of nine Samsung UE46 edge-lit LED displays, with the visual content run from two Apple Mac Pro machines running ~sedna Creator Pro software, a unique suite which manages the digital content and allows realtime remote control over it. Blynk’s engineering shop created a bespoke aluminium structure to house and align the screens and computers as well as a white fascia designed to allow the school to add their own decorative touches. The system also features a mains power distribution system allowing remote power cycling.

Craig Buchan from the school said, ‘The new video wall has given the School of Design a fantastic new facility that allows us to showcase students work in a striking fashion. The system has given us a true 6K screen which means we can display students design work, fashion videos & amp; animations in superb high resolution. Besides providing us with “best of breed” display modules, Blynk also provided a bespoke housing for the entire system. Not only did this help to speed up the installation process, but being a freestanding unit it also enabled us to meet the University’s strict rules regarding contractors working on site and health and safety.’

‘Through the entire process, from tender to installation, Blynk’s team were always friendly and approachable. They correctly identified our needs and built a solution which met our requirements whilst keeping on budget and schedule. Other Schools within the Faculty are now interested in showcasing their students work using this facility and the end result is a service the School of Design is proud to put on display.’