It’s a crazy time we live in: the Netherlands is (like many other countries) in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. People in ‘vital’ professions – like healthcare, the police- and fire department, but also food supply workers – are our new heroes: they are the ones that keep our society running. In this online edition of It’s All Graphic, we bring an homage to the design of organisations that play a vital role. In addition, we focus on what graphic design can do in times of a crisis like the one we are in today.
- Roel Stavorius‘ specialist subjects are corporate identity, corporate culture, and corporate behaviour. He is keenly interested in how people work and communicate with each other and the outside world. Roel published Logo x Logo, a book in which graphic designers present their best logo, and works as a brand strategist at GRRR where right now he works on the visibility of emergency service organisation GHOR.
- Teldesign is a Rotterdam-based graphic design agency specialised in corporate- and brand identity. Many of their clients are working in the healthcare industry, like hospitals, health insurance companies, and fundraisers. Jaco Emmen will show some of their latest work and discuss some of the challenges that come along with it.
- Commissioned in 1992, launched in 1993, the visual identity of the Dutch National Police is still in use today. Tom Dorresteijn will share insights on how Studio Dumbar designed the logo and the well-known police striping, which was in 2006 selected by public vote as one of the 25 Dutch Design icons of the last 100 years.
Archie Lyons works as a senior designer at UK-based Creative Clinic, a multi-award winning design, digital, and marketing agency, working for clients in sectors that include the public sector, health & medical, and leisure. Their latest projects are an example of (graphic) design can play a major role in today’s world. In response to the worldwide crisis, the team conceived, produced, and launched their self-initiated project Stop The Awks in an all-agency three-day sprint. The team is also responsible for the brand and campaign design for the global appreciation movement #ClapForOurCarers, applauding National Health Service – and other key workers during the corona lockdown.
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