Opinion by Richard Baird.
Talawa, Jamaican patois for “small but feisty”, is an all black theatre company that looked to address the lack of opportunities for minorities and their marginalisation at the time of its founding in 1986. Since then it has established itself as one of the most successful theatres of its type in the United Kingdom.
“Our work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. We invest in talent, develop audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally. By doing so we enrich the cultural life of all.” – Talawa
Talawa has a diverse portfolio of productions, from Shakespeare to African classics, Oscar Wilde to new Black British, and from Nobel-prize winning playwrights to musicals. Some of these have gone on to win awards, tour internationally, and have provided many of its staff and performers with the skills necessary to go on to develop successful careers in radio, film and television.
London based Graphic design studio Spy worked with the theatre to develop a new brand identity and visual language that would help convey the theatre’s powerful spirit. This went on to include an animated logo, stationery, business cards, posters and website.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Space Division is an architectural studio established in 2010 with an office in Auckland, New Zealand. It looks to contribute to and positively impact on the lives and environments of its clients and the communities it serves by producing simple and succinct spaces.
The studio describe their projects as being inclusive and client-focused with physical constraints, budgets, time frames and compliance being carefully considered and incorporated into their work across commercial, urban infrastructure and residential architectural fields.
These values and project considerations, as well as Space Division’s agile, dynamic and easily scalable approach, is reflected in their name and new brand identity, created by Inhouse. This included a flexible logotype, stationery set, business cards, print portfolio, project photography and website.
Vitenparken is a science centre committed to facilitating and improving the dialogue between the bioscience research community and the general public. The centre contains an exhibit hall, cafe, dairy museum and meeting facilities set within the Campus Ås grounds of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. As well as the science centre these grounds are home to over a 1000 scientists, a university with eight departments and 4500 students, and a number of parks.
Formerly the Norwegian Agriculture Museum, Vitenparken commissioned design studio Bielke&Yang to help them transition from museum to science centre through the creation of a new brand identity that included naming, logo, print and website design. By appropriating the practical aesthetic of science (sans-serif typography, black ink and white paper), and juxtaposing this alongside the bright contemporary energy of MVM‘s illustrative work, Bielke&Yang’s solution establishes a common yet compelling scientific accessibility.