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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.

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Design Museum by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and tickets designed by Bond for for Helsinki's Design Museum – Designmuseo

Designmuseo is a Finnish design museum, housed in a late 19th century building by architect Gustaf Nyström, and located on Helsinki’s Korkeavuorenkatu Street. The museum exhibits national and international work from the fields of fashion, industrial and graphic design, and, alongside its permanent exhibition of Finnish design from 1870 to the present, also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

With the intention of raising the museum’s profile and improving visitor experience Designmuseo worked with Bond to develop a new visual identity treatment which included exhibition design, signage, wayfinding, marketing and web design. Inspired by Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto, Bond’s system leverages a modular aesthetic to link bold and reductive forms with detailed typographical arrangements in a way that blurs the line between creative play and a sense of industry.

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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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