Buddy Daye

Form: Media & Ekistics project featured in Canadian Interiors

The November/December issues of Canadian Interiors magazine features a story about the work by Form: Media and Ekistics for the Delmore ‘Buddy’ Daye Learning Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is an Africentric-based organization that focuses on curriculum and education for learners of African ancestry in Nova Scotia. Ekistics Planning and Design and Form:Media helped to create a welcoming environment for the community, and a workplace and educational workshop and that relates directly to their African roots. From concept through construction administration, the teams developed the interior architecture, and branded environment.

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The core idea for the project—from architecture to signage—was based on Adinkra printing blocks, which drove most every design decision, from architecture to signage, from material to finish. Whether offices seemingly cut from large volumes, or custom symbols carved from wood blocks, the Adinkra provided the basis for all decisions.

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The online article can be found here.

Form: Media wins in Best of Canada's Sign Industry Awards

Best of Canada’s Sign Industry Awards 

On Friday, September 21, 2018, the Sign Association of Canada held a gala event to honour and celebrate the Canadian sign industry. The event provided an opportunity for SAC/ACE to announce the winners of their Best of Canada’s Sign Industry (BOCSI) competition. 

Form:Media of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada entered two projects, and both were recognized with BOCSIes! Their interpretive program for Fort Needham Memorial Park tied as a finalist in the Unique Signs category. A branded environment and interior signage system for the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute was the finalist for the Sign Systems Category, and was honoured with Best in Show.



Fort Needham Memorial Park

Re-opened on December 6, 2017, the Fort Needham Memorial Park commemorates the 1917 Halifax Explosion. When two ships collided in the harbour, this maritime disaster generated the largest man-made explosion prior to the Atomic Age. The project entails memorial and interpretive elements to better present the Explosion story to residents and visitors, and park upgrades to prepare the site for the anniversary event.

Design: Ekistcs Planning & Design and Form-Media in Consortium; sub-consultants: Elected Engineering, DesignPoint Engineering; and Light Energy Production; General Contractor: Turfmasters; Metal work: ACE Machining, and Steel Arts. 

Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) was founded to ensure an Africentric approach to African Nova Scotian/African Canadian education. As an Africentric-based institute that focuses on educational excellence, the DBDLI assists learners of African ancestry in Nova Scotia, identifying and addressing the gaps and educational equity issues through research, publications and educational resources. This new offices serves as a office space for staff, and a community outreach centre. 

Design: Ekistics Planning & Design and Form-Media in Consortium; General Contractor: Avondale; Signage: Eye Candy Ltd.


About the Awards

The Best Of Canada’s Sign Industry Awards honour the top work of sign companies and related organizations across the country, with winners selected by an expert panel of independent judges. The awards program is jointly managed by Sign Media Canada and Sign Association of Canada.