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V&A Exhibition Road Quarter by dn&co., United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Poster campaign designed by London-based dn&co. for the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter

Exhibition Road Quarter is a new gallery built under and an extension of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Although the V&A is known for its commitment to innovation its spaces within an early twentieth century Grade 1 listed building set limitations, with temporary retro-fitted interiors proving to be cramped and inflexible. Without the possibility of outward expansion, the V&A explored the subterranean, embracing innovation in architecture and engineering to create new modern spaces with greater scale and opportunity beneath. To celebrate the distinctive structure created by AL_A, and to tease and then announce the grand opening design studio dn&co. worked with the V&A to develop a campaign of posters and banners. These were unified by the line “A New Way In” and were based around the concept of concealing and then revealing through layers.

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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by Spy, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity, prospectus, business and business cards etc. designed by Spy for London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) was founded in 1899 and has established itself as a world leader in the fields of research and postgraduate education in public and global health. The university is made up of more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff across 100 countries, and is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the United Kingdom.

With a need to articulate a broad offering across both education and research, in a more relevant and engaging way, and a desire to become the first choice for research partners and prospective students amongst increasing competition, LSHTM worked with Spy to develop a new graphic identity that would link a wealth of printed assets. These included, reports, brochures and prospectuses, business cards, flyers and posters.

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Exploratorium After Dark by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and membership card by Collins for Exploratorium's After Dark, a weekly adults-only museum experience of perception

Exploratorium is a “public learning laboratory” and San Francisco based museum that enables visitors to question and make sense of the world around them through hands-on exhibits that touch upon science, art and human perception. These include a pitch-black dome, fog bridge, large-scale kaleidoscope, light displays and array of image bending mirrors. Every Thursday the museum hosts After Dark, an adults-only event. It is a chance to experience the museum’s over 650 interactive exhibits during the evening, to socialise, listen to guest speakers, watch films and listen to music. Exploratorium worked with design consultancy Collins to reimagine After Dark, to give it a stronger sense of identity and a distinctive campaign concept across membership cards, magazine covers, online banners, large format posters and social media. This is the first part of an ongoing collaboration that will help promote the museum’s work and programming over the next two years.

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