Design Codes & Guides

Shop front design guide, Isle of Wight

  • A design guide for shop front renewal in historic High Streets in Newport and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight.
  •  An interactive paper and digital design guide aimed at everyone from local shopkeepers to design professionals.

The guide is the first of its kind to employ interactive technology that eases users through a heritage-led design process and 3D exemplar shopfront designs. The guide was developed with local stakeholders through public workshops and use of digital mapping tool, Create Communities. Our process involved extensive research of both town centre’s architectural, searching library archives, two rounds of interviews with local business owners and creation of a dedicated microsite. The Design Guide covers all elements of heritage-led shopfront renewal from ‘need-to-know’ planning consents to advice on materiality, colours and everything in between. Packed full of designs and photographs, the guide is accessible and enjoyable to read.


  • Historic England
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Ryde Town Council
  • Newport and Carisbrook Community Council