What we do

We are a full service, multidisciplinary interpretation design agency and we believe in sustainable, intelligent design.

We’ve worked in cultural environments including museums, historic places, the built environment, gardens and industrial sites, and we specialise in delivering innovative museum and exhibition environments.

We use rigorous intellectual planning and a good dose of imagination to respond to creative challenges.

We like to work on projects from inception to handover to ensure the creative imperative is maintained, but we also work on discrete stages of work including feasibility studies, master planning, graphic design, websites and wayfinding.

We bring spaces, ideas and objects to life.

How we work

Designmap believe in team effort. We form close working relationships with your project team to deliver the best possible outcome. We develop an in-depth understanding of the subject, collections, environment, audience, stakeholders and client brief. We integrate.

Our projects are concept driven. We believe that through ideas-based installations we can tell engaging stories.

We offer an imaginative and creative response to the brief without losing sight of the communication goals.

We work to the RIBA stages and ensure director level involvement on every project.

Who are we

We are a team of interpretation designers and planners led by Creative Director Daniel Sutton working in the museums and heritage sector.

Our core team is made up of creatives from several disciplines working together to deliver a coherent design vision.

We take a hive mind approach to briefs and we believe in collaborative working.

With over 25 years experience of managing creative projects we have the wisdom to let our imaginations lead us.

The team

  • Daniel Sutton
    Director
    Daniel formed Designmap in 2005 after working as both in-house and consultant museum designer. He is a multi-disciplinary creative working across 3D, graphics, digital media and interpretation masterplanning. As Creative Director, he leads the creative team on major projects.
  • Dr Eric Kentley
    Interpretation Consultant
    Eric is an interpretation planner, author and skilled bid writer for heritage projects. At Designmap he works closely with the design team to dovetail interpretive planning with exhibition architecture.
  • Jo Ragozzino
    Practice Manager
    With a background in creative project management, Jo runs our studio and provides project management support to the Director.
  • Quentin Jay
    Senior Interpretation Designer
    Quentin has 30 years' experience in museum and exhibition design. He has led and designed diverse projects in museums, galleries and historic buildings in the UK and overseas.
  • Christina Boston
    Senior Graphic Designer
    A longstanding member of the Designmap creative team, Christy has 6 years' experience of creating exhibition graphics and digital interactives and has played an integral role in leading the team to produce creative and functional designs for a range of clients.
  • Richard Day
    Graphic and Digital Designer
    A talented graphic designer with a wide range of influences, Richard has designed graphics for a variety of environments and understands how to create impact with subtlety and sensitivity to the surroundings.
  • Dean Russell
    Graphic and Digital Designer
    In addition to his design skills, Dean is a professional illustrator and this discipline often features in his work at Designmap. He is skilled at bringing spaces to life with engaging digital interventions.
  • Claire Croucher
    Junior 3D Designer
    A keen heritage experience visitor, Claire’s experience is rooted in historic properties and she has an innate understanding of designing for historic buildings. Claire is a practical thinker with sharp instincts for finding the right design approach to support the interpretation.