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The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art by Maud, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Black block foiled corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is a national education and training organisation for the performing arts in Australia, and is respons­ible for developing the talents of some of the country’s biggest stars. With the continued demo­crat­isa­tion of per­form­ance through digital platforms such as Youtube, and concerns that this had the potential to undermine NIDA’s con­ser­vatoire approach, NIDA pursues a tech­nical mas­tery as a way to preserve a high stand­ard of education.

NIDA looked to design studio Maud to help redesign its visual identity system in a way that help a world-renowned organisation maintain its international presence, prominence and authority within an increasingly accessible field, and broaden its appeal beyond the dramatic arts to include per­form­ance skills across a wide range of industries. The project included logotype, signage, prospectus, business cards, brand guidelines and brochure.

Logo, stationery, website and black block foiled print and campaign by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Black and yellow boards, heavy rubber bands, a geometric monolinear monogram oversized in its application, a single sans-serif typographical consistency and large window decals gives NIDA a bold and robust industrious and architectural quality. These communicate confidence and authority, secure visual impact and lay the foundation for more communicative detail delivered through colour, material choice, print finish, digital experience and campaign photography.

Sans-serif logotype by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

The typographical simplicity of the logotype, and the consistent and unwavering use of Optima’s Theinhardt, applied across all platforms, accommodates a variety of partners, trusts and theatres, is practical in its application and layout and contemporary in its aesthetic. It is well-executed, leans more towards the corporate but appropriately uses weight, space, structure and case to establish hierarchy, and avoids unnecessary flourishes, acknowledging the increasing breadth of NIDA’s endeavours.

Black block foiled corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Panels of flat colour bring life to and temper the a typographical and corporate consistency, both serving a functional role to divide corporate and educational communication, but also introducing a vibrancy, energy and youthfulness you would expect from the performing arts organisation. White and black foils across coloured papers and boards, spot colours, a mix of paper weights, die cuts and the flourish of envelopes with printed internal walls, layer the identity with a high quality and considered finish.

Brand identity and stationery designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Brand identity and folder designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Brand identity and folder designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Spot colour business card and compliment slip designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Brand guidelines for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Print by Maud featuring photography by Derek Hende­r­son for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Maud’s campaign work juxtaposes the practical, efficient and robust qualities of the visual identity alongside the faces of those that make up NIDA’s student body. Performance, diversity and inclusivity is effectively communicated through the full bleed images in print, captured by renowned photographer Derek Hende­r­son, and although the colour palette perhaps lacks a level of sophistication together, its bright and convivial ink in moderation and in isolation alongside the photography, enhances and emphasises the images, and provides an aesthetic impact. More from Maud on BP&O.

Design: Maud
Cam­paign Pho­to­graphy: Derek Hende­r­son
Addi­tional Pho­to­graphy: Iren­aeus Herok
Opinion: Richard Baird
Fonts Used: Theinhardt

NIDA Campaign photography by Derek Hende­r­son

Print by Maud featuring photography by Derek Hende­r­son for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Campaign poster by Maud featuring photography by Derek Hende­r­son for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

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Print by Maud featuring photography by Derek Hende­r­son for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

Campaign poster by Maud featuring photography by Derek Hende­r­son for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

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