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Arco by Raw Color, the Netherlands

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and print for furniture manufacturer Arco by Raw Color, The Netherlands

Arco is a family run contemporary furniture design and manufacturing company that currently rests in the hands of fourth generation family members, and has a respectable 110 year history. Arco has tables and chairs at the heart of its collection and specialises in woodwork, a reflection of its location in Winterswijk, an area of dense natural woodland in East Netherlands.

Eindhoven-based graphic design studio Raw Color worked with Arco Creative Director Jorre van Ast to revise the company’s brand identity, with a focus on its unique location and local production. This is expressed through the documentation of the surrounding area, the factory and its craftsmen. While the logotype remains the same, Raw Color delivered a compelling visual identity that juxtaposes solid colour and seasonal image, and uses contemporary type to deliver a collective tone of voice. This extends across and links a variety of print communication that includes business cards, leaflets, brochures, catalogues and postcards.

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STRP Biennial 2015 by Raw Color, The Netherlands

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by Raw Color for Dutch art, technology and experimental pop culture festival STRP 2015.

STRP brings together art, technology and experimental pop culture, and connects these to a broad audience, and through its light art, interactive art and robotic performances, lectures, workshops, music and film events, offers a glimpse into the future. This culminates with the STRP Biennial, an indoor art and technology festival that provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the extent to which new technology reaches into popular culture, the arts, and their everyday lives. This year’s biennial took place in Eindhoven, hosted over 29,00 guests, and featured a visual identity created by graphic design studio Raw Color which covered a variety of print communication including brochures, posters and business cards.

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VBMS by Studio Dumbar, Netherlands

Opinion by Richard Baird.

VBMS logo, visual identity and stationery by Studio Dumbar.

Visser & Smith Marine Contracting is the market leader for subsea power cable installation in Europe. It provides and lays grid-to-grid connections for offshore wind farms and similar facilities. Following investment from and partnership with dredging and marine experts Boskalis, Studio Dumbar worked with VMSC, now named VBMS (VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions), to provide strategy, brand identity design and creative direction that would help launch this new partnership onto the international market place. This included brochures, business cards, stationery and signage.

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Mauritshuis designed by Studio Dumbar

Monogram and print with metallic paper and spot colour detail designed by Dumbar for Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis is an art museum and state-owned building constructed in the 17th century and located in The Hague. The building is described as being a fine example of Dutch Classicist architecture. It was formerly the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau and has been home to the Royal Picture Gallery since 1822. Today it houses a plethora of Golden Age masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Vermeer.

Following a two-year period of refurbishment the building was reopened in the summer of 2014. To coincide with this occasion a new brand identity was commissioned. Designed by Studio Dumbar this new brand identity, a mix of metallic inks and dyed papers, a serif monogram and contrasting sans-serif type, full bleed and cropped images, over-print detail and bright contemporary spot colour, neatly reflect the contemporary revitalisation of a classic building and gallery.

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