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Markes International

Product Design

Since 1997, Markes International has been at the forefront of innovation for enhancing the measurement of trace-level volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds by gas chromatography. During the summer of 2015 Markes began a new round of technical development, which presented an opportunity for the company to reappraise the design of the product enclosures in terms of construction, assembly, aesthetics, human factors and ergonomics.

We were commissioned to undertake this task and in doing so, establish a more expressive design language, one that more accurately conveyed the high level of technical competency of the products and Markes’ pre-eminent position in the market.

The design intent was to use contrasting colours and finishes, to create strong ‘drop shadows’ in key areas where large panels would naturally align. Floating and overlapping offset panels were also key design features, which help to create the products’ distinct character.