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2601 uses AI to bring history to life for school

Print and design company 2601 has helped a local school bring history to life with new wall graphics

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The project took six months to plan and design and saw 2601 using AI in the design process and to generate age-appropriate text

Bristol-based print, branding, signage, and design and installation company 2601 has helped a school bring history to life with new graphics with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

The job came about due to an employee of 2601 having a child at the local school and the headteacher was aware of his background in graphics having been involved in the installation of window graphics previously. 

For this brief, the school wanted a timeline that was factually accurate and that tied in with the current curriculum. 

The design needed to clearly illustrate the length of time of each era compared to the modern day, rather than just be a colourful wall graphic.

To meet these requirements, 2601 devised the layout and researched using history books and online photo libraries. 
Using this, the team mapped the length of time from 7000BC through to modern day over 32m of wall space. The design itself was made to appear as though it had been chiselled out of the surface of the wall giving a 3D effect.

With the design needing to match the specific curriculum, the design needed to illustrate how people lived, what their leaders were like, and what they wore. Nigel Davies of 2601 explains that it was almost impossible to find stock images that correspond with these requirements. Instead, the company utilised online digital image generation and found that it could get extremely close to the specification without compromising on quality.

Also needing to provide a narrative in a style that ten-year-olds would understand, 2601 used AI to generate the copy which Davies describes as 90% perfect with just a bit of tweaking needed for the final text.

“The project enabled us to explore the power of AI for image and text generation,” Davies says, adding: “We have been blown away by the quality of the images it can produce and the text generation is scarily good and has been utilised in a variety of ways for our business recently, saving hours of time and costs.”

The graphics themselves were produced using specialist wall vinyl printed on 2601’s HP Latex with Foamex panels over the top printed on a Mimaki flatbed. A world map was also printed on a single piece on the company’s 3.2m Mimaki.

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