High Street Place

Completed Date
Website Design
Experiential Design
Brand Design

High Street Place dates back to 1930, taking its name from a road that used to run through the current atrium space. The building was originally the headquarters for the United Shoe Machinery Corporation, and was Boston’s first skyscraper. YDI was brought on to help with branding the High Street Place food hall, a modern space with nods to its historical significance.

YDI developed a brand identity for High Street Place that was inspired by Art Deco design and the industrial history of the food hall’s location. A luxurious color palette of gold and black was paired with custom high-contrast script lettering that references shoe manufacturers’ labels from the site’s past.

YDI designed exterior signage at the food hall’s two entrances, consisting of steel letters set into anodized aluminum housing with LED lights and an acrylic panel to create a muted backlit appearance. Letters were painted to match the brass finish of adjacent historical buildings. 

YDI was tasked with developing wayfinding signage for High Street Place, and created flat-cut aluminum forms that interact with the environment by wrapping around corners. Also, ADA signs were fabricated with thermo-compression molded acrylic in the brand’s gold-and-black color scheme.

The website that YDI developed for High Street Place features a dynamic homepage full of mouthwatering photos of the various cuisines offered at the food hall, as well as Instagram post-feed integration to keep guests informed. The High Street Place brand has been applied site-wide, keeping visuals consistent with its physical space. Visit The Site.

High Street Place is focused on creating a comfortable and engaging social atmosphere, where people can enjoy great food and great company. To emphasize this, large thumbnail photos highlight the diverse foods on offer, while a sidebar menu contains links to all social media handles.

The food hall has a stacked lineup of events, so a key element of its website design is a robust integrated calendar that organizes information and lets guests know what’s going on. With eye-catching photography and typography carried over from High Street Place’s branding, it is easy to see what’s coming up at just a glance.

Signage Fabrication:

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