All panels are set into frames acquired especially for the purpose of displaying the Big Picture. The main “Big Picture” is 125cm tall by 84cm deep, meaning that images selected need to be of a quality and resolution capable of sustaining being printed to this size. One of the first tasks of the Big Picture production is to ensure that images of a suitable size and which adequately support the subject are available. If they are not, a new topic is selected.

The smaller “info panels” are 50cm by 40cm, a size again determined by the frames acquired to display them, and three of these contain five paragraphs of text and five images (the forth identifies the photograph and source).

The main image and paragraph on the three supporting panels acts as an introduction/overview of that panel, while four smaller illustrated columns highlight or target details or aspects of particular interest or importance. To maintain a consistency of layout a strict word count is used, which the artworker must stick to. We are also careful to ensure that all images selected are used in a completely appropriate context.

Artwork is generated in Adobe InDesign CS4, and then converted to PDF for printing and digital distribution. The fonts used are from the Swiss family and the artwork (such as the colours and layout used) conforms to Hartlepool College’s corporate identity to maintain coherence with other materials installed in the College.

The Big Picture is a static feature located within Hartlepool College of Further Education in one of its public areas. It is closely tied to the College’s RESPECT campaign, which promotes equality, fairness and understanding for all individuals across a range of social, moral and historic topics. RESPECT is a valuable resource that links to a range of teaching, learning and tutorial activities and involves and applies to everyone who works or studies in the College.